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the highest award a fourth or fifth grader can earn.

Girl Scouts’ Highest Award Recipients Honored

2012 Highest Awards - Denver

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This year more than 1,000 Girl Scouts across the state of Colorado have received one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award).

A ceremony to honor some of these recipients took place on Monday evening, April 30th, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch.

Photos from the event can be viewed via the link above, and below is a highlight video from the event. And here is some of the media coverage we’ve placed on our Gold Awardees:

And also take a minute to check out the Celebration Program from the event on our website. You will surely be inspired by what our Girl Scouts who have earned our top honor, the Gold Award, have done! If you find a favorite project, vote for it on our blog here*, and share it with your friends on social media to spread the word on how Girl Scouts are making a difference!

*If you can’t find your favorite project on the list on the first page, look for the link at the bottom of the page to be routed to further honoree stories. Once you find the one you want, click on the link, and look for the stars at the top of the page to vote.

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Troop 42 makes a difference for wild animals

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Littleton

Girl Scout Troop 42 members recently earned their Bronze Award, which is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout (grades 4th and 5th) can earn. For their Bronze Award “Take Action” project, the girls decided to make the world a better place by helping animals in their community. They researched different shelters, explored ways they could help, and chose The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) in Keenesburg, Colorado. The girls learned about TWAS’s mission: “to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals which are abandoned or that are subject to deprivation or neglect by providing care and boarding for such animals.”

At Troop meetings, the girls shared some of TWAS’s animal rescue stories. They decided to help TWAS by donating money they earned from cookies sales to sponsor two animals and also gathering items from TWAS’s “wish list.” Some of the girls earned money around their homes or at lemonade stands and purchased things like laundry detergent, trash bags and paper products as well as lots of food items and some gathered donations from the community like towels and blankets.

The Girl Scouts reached out to Ken Caryl pet supply store Woofs and Hoofs. Tamara Lenherr, the owner of Woofs and Hoofs, was extremely generous in donating over 180 pounds of dog food for the bears and other animals at TWAS. Lenherr is very well versed when it comes to quality animal nutrition, and a lot of her products are all natural or organic. Lenherr says, “animals continually teach me and remind me every day to live in the moment and make the most of life.”

Troop members visited TWAS and learned about the dangerous problem of “captive wildlife,” where lions, tigers, leopards, bears, wolves and other wild species are kept as pets or in exploitive conditions. The girls were sad to learn far more tigers are kept privately (not in licensed facilities) in the United States than remain in the wild.

Troop #42 Members:

Mary Frances Blatter
Kate Bohan
Megan Cherrey
Hannah Fort
Kenzie Frye
Erin Giles
Kiera Hess
Katie Koch
Lexi Howard
Amanda Howery
Caitlin James
Lainey Orr
Lexi Orr
Carissa Scott
Hailey Thompson
Alex Watson
Kaleigh Weigum

 

Colorado Springs Girl Scouts take on City Hall

From “Proud Troop Leader” Monica Hobbs

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To earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award, one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, 5th grade Junior Troop 1947 of Steele Elementary in Colorado Springs, aimed to get a crosswalk at a dangerous intersection near their school. Neighbors had tried for years and suggested maybe the city would listen to Girl Scouts.

The four members – Kalyana, Alexa, Chloe and Lauren – divided up the responsibilities – school, neighborhood, city and media – and when a city traffic engineer gave them a flat out “no,” it didn’t stop them. They researched safe options and built a support team of neighbors and experts; made a PowerPoint presentation of their findings and a video of the intersection and got the support of their neighborhood association board and school; they collected signatures on a petition and even found funding with a grant. Alexa Huesgen Hobbs said,”It was so exciting to see how everyone wanted to help us – most of the things we found out just by talking to people.”

Their advisors told them to take it to the citizen’s forum at City Hall, but first meet one-on-one with a couple key City Council members. (In fact, one of the City Council people they worked with was Jan Martin, a former Girl Scout and Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, who are women leaders in the community.) To create buzz and generate support on the day of the presentation the troop placed signs at the dangerous intersection, invited neighbors to attend and contacted the local media. The media story ran as the second story on the 5 o’clock news and lead at 10 and was front page on the local paper’s website, being picked up by other internet news sources to include MSNBC (this story includes a link to the video the troop created about the intersection). The next day the newspaper story ran big in print on the third page! Chloe Hilby said,”It felt awesome trying to help the community.”

The troop was able to get support from the City Council in these ways. The Council not only gave the Girl Scouts a “yes,” but praised them for their well prepared and thorough presentation, and, most importantly, for not taking “no” for an answer.  They wanted young people to know that they really can make a difference. (View video of the troop’s presentation to the City Council) Kalyana Gallagher said, “It was a great experience and super fun! I learned teamwork, responsibility and safety, for sure.” Lauren Sutz added, “I learned that it is more important to help the community than yourself. When you help the community you are helping yourself.”

Did I mention these girls are 10 years old?

 

Girl Scouts of the USA also covered this story on their blog

Girls build playhouse for cats for Bronze Award

Written by Aspen P., and Taylor W.

For my Girl Scout troop’s Bronze Award project, we are building a sort of ‘play house’ for the cats and kittens at our local humane society. We decided to do this, of all other things, because we have worked for the Humane Society before and it was very fun. The people are very nice, understand our good intentions, and help us as much as they can so that we can succeed.

We also choose to do this for our project, because we love animals- especially cats- and want to help these homeless animals as much as we can.

We have discussed it, and found that building this play house would not come cheaply. Our troop went to speak with a local hardware store and they said that the only way they could donate materials to us would include us filling out paperwork, and would take about a couple weeks, which was after we needed to get the Bronze Award done so that we may bridge to be Cadettes.

Instead, we bought some of the ‘scraps’ from the hardware store, which were much cheaper than actual measured pieces of wood. Other than that, the other things we have used have all been generously given to us by our troop leader- such as paint, nails and other such tools. We thank our Troop leaders so much for the effort they had put in to help us with completing our award.

Troop 72160 earns Bronze Award

Submitted by Jun Yasui (Troop Leader)

The girls in Troop #72160 from Fort Collins learned that many animals in their community need some help. They called two animal shelters and asked how they could help.

They volunteered at a dog wash event hosted by one of the shelters. They washed, rinsed and dried many dogs for two hours.

They held a fundraiser in front of a pet store for two days to collect supplies and donations. They collected 110 cans of cat/ dog foods, 15 bags of treats, 27 toys, 3 jars of baby food for birds, towels, peanut butter, cleaning supplies and much more!

They also made many fleece toys and blankets to donate. They delivered the donations to three animal shelters (Larimer Humane Society, Animal House Rescue & Grooming and Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic) and took a tour at the Larimer Humane Society. One girl’s family adopted a dog from one of the shelters while they were working on the project. They are proud of themselves for helping the animals in need and making a difference in their community.

Woodland Park Girl Scout Juniors complete Bronze with Ronald McDonald House projects

Submitted by Amy DeLarm
Troop 255

Girl Scout Juniors Troop 255 of Woodland Park, recently completed their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. The Bronze Award requires the girls to express their leadership and planning skills as they follow through on their selected project, which is aimed at benefiting the community. Troop 255 demonstrated its commitment to helping others and helping the community by working with the Ronald McDonald House of Colorado Springs, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for families whose children are seriously ill and hospitalized. Troop 255 has been working with the Ronald McDonald House since Daisies by collecting pop tops.

Troop 255 are group of wonderful, adventurous, young leaders and they are: Taylor A., Hanna C., Saralyn C., Ashley D., Tess K., Jaclyn K., Emily H., Maia P., Autumn P., Tabatha R. and Reagan W.

Starting in November 2010, the girls began learning about different types of wood for building and built five flower boxes that are now placed on the front porch and walkway leading into the Ronald McDonald House. In conjunction with earning their sewing badge and using a sewing machine, for many the first time, Troop 255 made care packages for the children who are staying in the house while their sibling is in the hospital. The girls then also hand-sewed teddy bears to match their care packages and stuffed the packages with handmade activity books and toys to help keep the children occupied. Working side by side with their elementary schools, Columbine and Gateway in Woodland Park, a donation drive was set up every morning for one week at their schools. Troop 255 collected more than $

500 in toiletry items, food items and cleaning supplies for the house. A 4’x3’ mural was designed, drawn and painted by all of the girls and depicted a scene of “Wishes of Hope and Love” that now hangs and brightens a hallway of the family living quarters at the house. On April 30, 2011, Troop 255 delivered all of these items, plus 25 pounds of pop tops, to the Ronald McDonald House and hosted a dinner for the families and volunteers of the house complete with a baked ziti dinner, table decorations and music.

Way to go Troop 255! You all are awesome!

Five girls in Troop 841 earn Bronze

Five girls in Troop 841 based in Littleton have earned their Bronze Award. The girls spent the year learning about serving others and cooking. For their project, they decided to cook a meal for the families at Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. Throughout the year they planned the meal and learned how they can serve others. They chose a recipe, determined how much food to buy to serve 70, shopped, prepared and served the food to the families. They also cleaned up.

The girls had to work together to make decisions during the project. They had to be considerate of each other and the families they cooked for. They showed caring with the time, thought and effort put into the meal. They chose to use the money they earned from cookie sales to fund the event. They were excited to be helping others.

Congratulations to Shaelee, Amber, Evalynn, Jocelynn and Kate.

Junior Troop 50699 helps Ralston House and earns Bronze

Submitted by Marybel Good

This group of nine girls spent all year completing the Agent of Change Journey and planning a service project. After researching needs in our community, they selected the Ralston House, a safe place for kids who have been hurt or seen bad things. We visited for a tour and asked for input on their needs. In the end, the girls chose to hold a snack collection to fill the cupboards of the Ralston House. They like to offer kid-friendly snacks to the children and families who visit them to make them feel comfortable. After planning, the troop made a presentation to the principal of their school and gained approval to hold a week-long snack drive. Then they created flyers, classroom presentations, and shopped for sample snacks to direct their classmates on what to bring.

The snack drive was held the first week in April and was a huge success. The girl collected the following items:

54 cans of soda
84 juice boxes
32 hot/cold coffee cups
194 bags of chips
369 individual bags of fruit snacks
264 granola bars
32 bags of trail mix
69 servings of cookies
97 bags of crackers & goldfish
11 bags of small candy bars
188 water bottles

Plus 171 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and more than $100 in gift cards.

The names of the girls are: Elaina K., Allie W., Kenzie V., Sefra H., Kara D., Aleena G., Maleah A., Taylor C., Brenna G. Advisors and leaders: Marybel Good, Cindy Kelley, Susan Dobbs

Troop 2692 earns Bronze Award with Xeriscape Garden project

Part of being a Girl Scout is learning the skills needed to plan, coordinate and execute projects that contribute to your community. Junior Girl Scout Troop 2629 displayed their leadership by planting a Xeriscape garden at Pine Grove Elementary to earn their Bronze Award.

The Bronze Award is the highest award possible for Junior Girl Scouts. The pursuit of this award began in early 2009 and finally came to fruition during Memorial Day Weekend. All 12 girls worked over the holiday to ensure this project was completed before summer break.

The girls selected a Xeriscape garden because part of the Girl Scout Law is to “use resources wisely.” The girls know that is the purpose of a Xeriscape garden and want their work to serve as a shining example of how lovely a Xeriscape garden can be.

The garden would not have materialized without the support of the Pine Grove staff and especially Principal David Minter. Over a 2 ½ year period, Minter championed this project with the Douglas County School District to gain district approval.

In addition to DCSD, several organizations made this project a success:

* A grant from Colorado Garden Show, Inc made this project possible

*Underground Sprinkler Corps donated the installation of our sprinklers

*Master Gardener, Julie Pfankuch, donated her expertise and countless hours

* Nick’s Garden Center donated plants

* Pine Lane Nursery Garden Center donated plants

* Tagawa Gardens donated plants

* Walmart supplied most of the compost

Troop 2629 is proud to be of service to the Parker community.

 

Row 1: Kelli M.; Meredity M.; Ashley L.; Mary D.
Row 2: Emily V.; Olivia R.; Abby U.; Lauren M.; Leah M.; Katelyn K.; Kristen H.; Macy D.
Row 3: Troop Leader Wendy R.; Troop Leader Suan H.; Troop Leader Kim L.

Hundreds honored at Silver & Gold Celebrations

Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts who were honored this spring at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Silver & Gold Celebrations! Statewide celebrations events took place on April 25th in Denver and May 26th in Colorado Springs.  The Silver and Gold Awards are among the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn, with the Gold Award being the highest and most demanding award a Girl Scout strives toward.

Three hundred four middle school aged girls in Colorado earned their Silver Award this year, while 64 high school girls earned their Gold Award. While independent of each other, these awards require leadership skills, organizational skills, time management, perseverance and a sincere desire to be of service to the community.  

The Colorado Springs celebration also honored 25 area Girl Scouts who earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in 4th or 5th grade can earn.  

Read more about these outstanding Girl Scouts and these prestigious awards in the Celebration Program, as well as view photos and videos from the statewide celebrations below.

Event Photos and Video from Colorado Springs Celebration 

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2011 Silver & Gold Celebration – Colorado Springs, a set on Flickr.

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Event Photos and Video from Denver Celebration 

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