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Gold Award Girl Scout:  Avery Hendrick, Castle Rock, “McCabe Meadows StoryWalk Trail”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I constructed a StoryWalk Trail with 16 signs and six rotating stories at a nature trail in my hometown.

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

I measured the impact of my project through attendance at my opening event and overall trail attendance at the location. I also distributed posters at local businesses and flyers at local elementary schools.

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

My project is sustainable through the permanent nature of the signs and the rotation of the signs. I currently change the stories every two months, but after the first year the National Honor Society at Ponderosa High School will take over the rotating of the signs two or three times a year.

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

My project is connected to the national and international StoryWalk program which has trails in all 50 states and 12 countries.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this project, I learned how to be a better communicator in different situations with different types of people. I also learned how to be resilient in situations that required creative solutions.

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

In my future, earning my Gold Award will make me a better leader and a better organizer. By doing this project, I have the experience to direct projects in the future that I might not have had the knowledge to direct in the past.

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

To me, the Gold Award was the culmination of my Girl Scout experience as a whole. The project wrapped up every skill I have worked on since I was a Daisy, from the badges to the camps to the leadership projects I volunteered with. Without the entirety of Girl Scouts and all that it taught me I would never have been able to reach the levels I have.

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 how to be an innovator by teaching me how to dissect complex problems and come up with creative solutions that I had not originally thought of. For example, when coming up with a product to use for my signs, I used industrial cooking cutting boards in order to find a product that was both resilient and cheap enough for my budget.

**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 Delivers cookies to police officers

Submitted by Andrea Iverson

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Girl Scout Kenadie and mom Andrea received a message from a police officer friend who was having a hard day and wanted Girl Scout Cookies to help make the day better. We were able to make arrangements to meet and so that our friend Joe and his partner could enjoy some cookies while they finished their shift. As you can see, Joe could hardly wait to eat them!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Gold Award Girl Scout: Three years later

My name is Emily Walker and I am currently a senior completing my final semester at the University of Northern Colorado as an Audiology major. I grew up in the town of Castle Rock, where I was involved in Girl Scouts from elementary school to high school.  

It has been three years since I earned my Girl Scout Gold Award for my project “Community Comfort.” The focus of this project was to bring comfort to individuals and families involved in emergency situations. Teddy bears and blankets were originally provided to the Castle Rock Police and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue departments to be handed out to those in need of their services. Now, these items of comfort are being distributed by the emergency services of Castle Rock, the Help and Hope task force of Douglas and Elbert County, and the Denver Rescue Mission. The students involved in the BIONIC team of Castle Rock Middle School continue to host an annual fundraiser to purchase teddy bears and blanket materials for Community Comfort. 

The Gold Award has continued to impact my life in the past three years. I have been able to apply the life skills I have learned from completing my project to my studies at my university, especially time management, financial management, and public speaking. As I am preparing for graduate school, I know these skills, and many others I have gained through the Gold Award experience, will continue to benefit me in the future. My compassion for helping and serving my community continues to grow and I hope to inspire others to do the same for their own communities. 

Cookies for firefighters

Submitted by Irina Reynolds

Metro Denver

Brownie Troop 66848 visited one of our Hometown Heroes, downtown Castle Rock Fire Station #151 a couple of weeks ago. Girl Scouts delivered Girl Scout Cookies and also earned their “First Aid” badge during the visit. It was very inspiring for our girls that one of the firefighters talking to them was a young woman, as most of the firefighters they usually meet are men.

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

Junior Troop 416 earns “Business Owner” badge at Rita’s

Submitted by Christy Knight

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Junior Troop 416 earned the “Business Owner” badge at Rita’s Italian Ice Creamery in Castle Rock. The girls learned how the owners decided to open the small business and some of the steps of setting up the store. They learned about marketing and customer service. They toured the store, watched how the ice was made, and learned about day-to-day operations. The girls also got to taste some of the ice! The owners answered all the girls questions about the business. They had a first-hand experience about small business and learned a lot of new information.

We loved learning about this small business that does a lot to help their community. Knowing about future options is exciting! We were able to ask so many questions.

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

Urban Orienteering Adventure

Submitted by Erin Arndt

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Troop 783 from Castle Rock had a Denver Urban Orienteering adventure last weekend. They mapped their route to take the light rail to Union Station, found the way to dinner and lodging, and used cookie funds for a trip to Elitch Gardens!

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

Great time camping at Tomahawk Ranch

Submitted by Kristina Graham

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

Our troop used their proceeds from the cookie program to go camping this year and had an amazing time at Tomahawk Ranch. The weather was perfect, the camp was so much fun, and every girl (and their parent) had the best time!

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

Best Cookie Dad contest: Our super dad

Submitted by Abigail and Genevieve R.

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

I am glad to have a great dad who is there to help us sell cookies. Being a Girl Scout Cookie Dad in February (a.k.a. cookie month) is not easy! It is even trickier if you are a dad to two Girl Scouts, who set some high cookie goals! I have been selling cookies for four years and my little sister, Genevieve, just started selling cookies this year. My dad has been there for both of us during this busy cookie season. He helped us sell cookies by taking my sister and I to small businesses in town. He stayed with us at the booths and held a “Cookies For Sale” sign with us and helped us count money. He also had to pick up extra chores around the house when our mom would take us to sell cookies door-to-door or at booths. We would not be able to reach and surpass our goals if it was not for our wonderful dad!

My sister and I learned that earning money through cookie sales would give us an opportunity to attend Girl Scout events and classes. We both like being a part of the big Girl Scout family!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.

Troop 60632’s S’mores success story

Troop 60632 from Castle Rock showcased Girl Scout S’mores at all four of their booths during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend! They had a cute sign and would tell customers, “These are the $4 cookies (pointing to their rainbow) and these are our $5 S’mores cookie. It’s our special centennial cookie. And, if you put one in the microwave for 20 seconds before eating it, it is fantastic!”

They sold 21 packages at one booth and 17 at another!

The troop’s Hometown Hero is the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. The girls are also planning two camping trips this spring and summer with the money they earn from selling cookies.

Volunteers needed: Cookie delivery day 2018

Delivery Day for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program is fast approaching. The delivery sites are always needing more support and your help would be appreciated. If you haven’t already signed up for a time to support the delivery site, there is still time.


1025 Eldorado Boulevard

Broomfield, CO 80021

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*This is our largest site with the least volunteers signed up.

Red Rocks Community College

13300 West Sixth Ave.

Lakewood, CO 80228

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Castle Rock- Castle View High School

5254 N. Meadows Dr.

Castle Rock, CO 80109

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 Summit Ridge Middle School

11809 W Coal Mine Ave

Littleton, CO 80127

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Elitch Gardens

2000 Elitch Cir,

Denver, CO 80204

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Baileys Moving

11755 E. Peakview Ave

Englewood, CO 80111

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16456 E. Airport Cir #100

Aurora, CO 80011

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Northern Delivery/Loveland

5296 Harvest Lake Drive

Loveland, CO 80538


If you are wanting to go to a delivery site that isn’t listed please reach out to the PPS for that region, to find out how to sign up. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.