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Badge in a Day at the Catamount Institute


Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to explore the outdoors with Catamount Institute’s trained naturalists and earn a badge at the same time! Come for the morning, afternoon, or both! This is not a drop-off program. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent,  caregiver, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios must be met. Pack a picnic lunch if you plan on staying all day. The cost is $10 per session and badges are included in the cost of the program.

Brownie Badge Sessions: Senses, Bugs, and Outdoor Art Creator

Junior Badge Sessions: Space Science Investigator, Flowers, Gardener

Morning Session: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Register now: https://www.catamountinstitute.org/scouts/

COVID-19 Guidelines

Here are some of the ways we are working to create a safer environment:

  • This event is for Girl Scouts only to keep our group sizes small. Siblings are not allowed.
  • Activities will encourage social distancing.
  • Temperature checks will be done upon arrival.
  • Staff and adults must wear masks at all times. Girl Scouts will wear a mask in close contact and not up and moving around.
  • There will be hand sanitation stations.
  • Staff will be disinfecting of high contact surfaces and materials daily.

Please do not come to the event if you have been in contact with someone who has experienced symptoms or you have experienced symptoms. Check out this symptom tracker from the Colorado Department of Public Health: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid19-symptoms.

Questions? Email info@catamountinstitute.org.

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.

Badge in a Day at the Catamount Institute

Explore the outdoors with Catamount Institute’s (740 W Caramillo St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907) trained naturalists on Saturday, October 10, 2020 and earn a badge at the same time! Come for the morning or afternoon or both!

Brownie badge options: Eco Friend, Hiker, and Earth and Sky

Junior badge options: Animal Habitats, Outdoor Art Explorer, and Geocache

$10 per girl per session

Session One: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Session Two: 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Register now: https://www.catamountinstitute.org/scouts/

This is not a drop-off program. All Girl Scouts must attend with her parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios must be met.

Pack a picnic lunch if you plan on staying all day.


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 Gold Award Project: Angela Smith, Colorado Springs, “Growing Bees!”

Angela Smith

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

I implemented an educational program about bees at a local environmental center, The Catamount Institute. I wanted to address the problems facing bee populations, so I built a beehive and planted a garden to provide a good habitat for one hive of bees. I also wanted to use it to get others to care about bees as well, so I had children get involved in the painting of the beehive and planting the garden. I then created a six part curriculum to be used in conjunction with the beehive and gardens that will be carried out by the Catamount institute on field trips and summer camps.

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

After running the curriculum, one child had gone from thinking bees were really scary to really liking them. The Catamount Institute will continue running this curriculum, and the impact can be measured by how many children go through this program.

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

The Catamount Institute gives regular field trips as well as camps over the summer. They have been given a full guide to the curriculum and plan to use it moving forward for their field trips. Additionally, for everything I have done for the project, I typed up a manual- how to build the beehive, how to plant a bee-friendly wildflower garden, how to winterize the beehive, and details on the curriculum. This manual was provided to the Catamount Institute and sent to other wildlife centers to encourage them to set up a similar program.

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

I reached out to other environmental centers with my curriculum. The three wildlife centers I chose were the Cooper Center, Long Branch Environmental Education Center, and Stillman Nature Center. The information I sent to these nature centers will also be available online, for anybody who is looking for beehive curriculum related things to find and use. Additionally, I have contacted a local, some state, and a national gardening club and provided them with my bee-friendly garden coloring sheet and flyer and asked them to help distribute them throughout their members.

What did you learn about yourself?

While I have always considered myself a natural leader, I do believe that this project has pushed those skills even further as I have now had the experience of training adults to carry out a project of my design, as opposed to working with peers or simply working with adults as opposed to training them. While I have always been a confident person, in this project I was initially shy about asking people to do things for me, but as I carried out events or stages of my project I became more comfortable as a leader.

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

Before doing this project, I could never have imagined that I could achieve something this big and actually make it matter. Now, I will go into life more confident in my ability to effect change. Additionally, I think that this was a really amazing opportunity to show potential employers that I am a capable leader who can be creative and come up with unique solutions to problems.

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

I was not very involved in Girl Scouts for a lot of high school, but after I realized that I wanted to do a project related to bees, I realized how great a resource being a Girl Scout could be if you wanted to make a change. In all of my career as a Girl Scout, I don’t think I have ever been more proud or happy to be a Girl Scout, and I think that is because no other aspect of Girl Scouting had required as much involvement as this did.

**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 project: The Children’s Bee Exhibit at Catamount

Submitted by Angela S.

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

Going for the highest award in Girl Scouting is a huge undertaking, and that can be made even harder if you are a Juliette, with no troop to go through the experience with. However, if you step away from the hugeness that the Gold Award project seems to be, it can be an amazing experience. For me, Girl Scouts has lead me to a path where I am almost always working on some kind of service project; big or small, for the environment or for people. Scouting has made it a natural part of my life, and I believe that this is true for a lot of people. Now that I have been working on the project for several months, I see that it is a way to make something I already care about bigger and better, and to push something that was just one person into a movement.

My Gold Award Project is to educate people about bees and the danger the species is in right now. I am creating a program with the Catamount Institute that can hopefully be used for years to come and touch hundreds of children. The big kickoff of this is coming up really soon, on October 1, 2016, and the best part of this is that children are going to do a lot in terms of getting the whole thing set up.

I believe that no one person can make big change alone, but if you get the community involved in something, then anything is possible. With issues, such as bees, that aren’t as cute as puppies,  it takes a little bit more work to get kids to care about them. This is why it’s so important that kids contribute to the environment of the bees themselves. Anyone who wants to help get this program up and running is more than welcome to come to the Catamount Institute on October 1, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.