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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Alexandria Bellas, Colorado Springs, “Shooting for the Sciences”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I did a Girl’s Science Event for girls in grades 6-8 that brought together exhibitors around Colorado to present a booth to the girls. Physics, aviation, space, and more were all addressed in the booths. Hands-on activities, as well as experiments, were used by the exhibitors to engage the girls and really interest them in the sciences!

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project because I felt that the issue of the number of women in STEM fields needed to be addressed. As a little girl, I had always dreamed of being a scientist, pouring acids into beakers, wearing goggles, and creating chemical reactions. I want the same for every girl. I wanted them to be able to have the confidence and will to be able to aspire to achieve.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project affected girls at an earlier age and influenced them to pursue higher level science and math classes in high school and possibly even in college.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained invaluable leadership skills as well as better time management through earning my Gold Award.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I have passed on my project to the Key Club at my school, who will continue the event in future years. I also hope that the information that the girls gained at this event will be ever in their minds. My hope is that they, too have been inspired to inspire others.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

My issue was not only a local issue, but it is also an issue nationally and globally as well. The issue is similar all throughout the nation, and many initiatives have also been taken, such as mine, to resolve that issue.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will always remember the girl’s smiling faces at my event. This gave me a feeling that I will never forget, one of accomplishment and success.

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

My Gold Award has provided me with so many  valuable skills that I will be able to employ in the future in college and my future job as well. These skills seem to be unobtainable in any other way. Through my Gold Award, I have been able to achieve more, and gain the confidence that I need to achieve more in the future.

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

I feel that the Gold Award is essential to the Girl Scout experience because it allows you to take on a massive challenge, and for you to be a leader of it. This, to me, has been the perfect way to signify a change that I have made and a mark that I have left next to my Girl Scout name.

***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

Registration for Girl Scout camp opens Jan. 13

The countdown to the opening of registration for Girl Scout camp is underway! It starts Jan. 13, 2015 at 9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, Kim Petau, camp director for Sky High Ranch, and Girl Scout Anne Martens joined FOX21 in Colorado Springs to talk about registration for Girl Scout camp.

Here are a few “behind the scenes” photos:

Ask yourself, “Where will I…”

stand atop a mountain and take in the forever view?

feel my heartbeat in my ears as I zip down the zipline?

and, most importantly, where will I make friendships that will last a lifetime?

For summer 2015, Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce girls will be able to have those experiences — and hundreds more—at Sky High Ranch! Resident camp is returning to this beautiful rustic camp near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park for the first time since 2012. For many Girl Scouts, attending resident camp at Sky High Ranch is a family tradition.  Their mothers, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers, in some cases, have fond memories of their summers at Sky High Ranch.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will also offer resident camp at perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Some of the activities at our resident camps include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Our standard resident camp runs 6-days. We also offer 2-week camps , as well as mini 3-day camps. The summer camp schedule is live on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (girlscoutsofcolorado.org) so you can begin to review the 2015 offerings. Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to offer day camping adventures throughout the state.

Girl Scout summer camp programs are open to all girls throughout Colorado who are over the age of 6. Registration begins Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. Register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours.

Girl Scout camp is a safe place for your girl to explore her world, make forever friends, and learn to be a leader.  Girls learn differently than boys and everything at Girl Scout camp is designed to meet girls where they are. No labels. No competition. No boys. There’s just a whole lot of “you go, girl!”

Girl Scouts has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve 25,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult volunteers! Learn more how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Cookie open house in Colorado Springs

You’re invited to a cookie open house in Colorado Springs!

Where: Girl Scout office

5353 N. Union Blvd Suite 101

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015

During the open house, there will be various activities, training sessions, and Q & A about the 2015 cookie sale, including Digital Cookie.

Noon – 7 p.m. The Girl Scouts of Colorado pop-up shop will be open. You can purchase “council’s own” merchandise, such as t-shirts and hoodies, and cookie sale items, like rally kits. Place an order in advance for uniforms and badges, and pick it up on that day. Use this form to preorder and guarantee delivery of your items that are in stock. The order deadline is 5 p.m. on January 14, 2015.

3 – 6 p.m. Are you a Cadette, Senior , or Ambassador? Like travel? Outdoor events? Camp? Headed for a Highest Award? Cookie sale proceeds can make a big difference in your ability to participate! Come learn all about what older girls can do with cookies.

6 – 8 p.m. Juliette cookie training. Parents and girls can come learn how to order cookie packages, sign up for booths, enter orders in eBudde, etc.

If you would like to make an appointment to go over specific cookie questions, eBudde training, etc. please sign up for a time using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4AA9AB2EABF49-cookie

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Madeline McWhorter, Colorado Springs, “Golden Paths to Great Meals”

Madeline McWhorter
Colorado Springs
Pine Creek High School
Golden Paths to Great Meals

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my project, I created a cookbook for Tri-Lakes Cares Food Bank, using ingredients that are primarily donated to food banks. My cookbook contains 60 original recipes, menu ideas (for holidays, too), high altitude baking instructions, and helpful cooking tips. I also made tri-folds containing different holiday menus for Care and Share Food Bank, Mercy’s Gate Food Bank, and Tri-Lakes Cares Food Bank.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project because I have a passion for cooking. Meals with my family are so incredibly important to me, and I wanted to give other people the resources and skills they needed to do the same, no matter how much money they make.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project gave people the skills and resources they need to put creative and healthy meals on the table for their families. People that receive food from food banks will feel more confident when cooking for their families and friends, even during the holidays.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained the skills it took to talk to people I didn’t know. I had to call, email, and meet with a lot of people that I didn’t know. At first, it made me very uncomfortable, but soon, I grew more confident in my ability to speak to people I didn’t know.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I gave Tri-Lakes Cares Food Bank the rights to reproduce my cookbook for their clients. Also, Mercy’s Gate and Care and Share will reproduce the holiday meals tri-folds for their clients.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

There is a huge increase, nationwide, in the number of people relying on food banks, especially because of the recent wildfires in Colorado, California, and Oregon. There is also a huge national push towards making sure children have healthy meals, no matter what their families’ financial situation may be. My project connected to those two national issues, and I hope it will make a difference in my community.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the feeling of completing the project. I was overwhelmed with happiness, relief, and pride when I completed my cookbook. I hope it will touch many lives, and I will never forget the amazing feeling of completing a task of this size.

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

Earning my Gold Award has increased my confidence in ways I never thought possible. The project also taught me time management, which I will definitely be able to use in college and in life. I also hope that potential employers will see that I have completed this award, and they will know that I am hard-working, dedicated, and passionate.

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

The Gold Award is the culmination of my 13 years of being a Girl Scout. The award gives you a huge sense of pride and accomplishment. It is important because it gives you the confidence to know you can take on any challenge that is thrown your way.

***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 focuses on the awesomeness of Color Guard

Submitted by Rebecca

Colorado Springs

Greetings Girl Scouts!  My name is Rebecca.  I’m a Girl Scout Ambassador in 11th grade in Colorado Springs.  My Gold Award project “Guard is Great!” focused on informing the community (and the world) about the awesomeness of Color Guard.

Earning my Gold Award was important because I know it will help me in many ways for the rest of my life.  Once I earn the award, I will automatically have benefits for colleges and job opportunities, and younger girls will be more inspired to make a difference in the community. Earning the Girl Scout Gold award is an achievement that culminates my Girl Scout experience.  I wanted to earn my Gold Award because it is part of being a lifelong Girl Scout.  I also wanted to make a difference in the community by educating people about Color Guard.

Color Guard is an activity where we dance and spin flags, rifles, and sabers (all fake) to music, either performed by a marching band in the fall, or to recorded music in the winter. It is an activity where we accept those who are willing to give all of their time, effort, and love into what they do. Color Guard is an activity that is very demanding of time and talent.

I have been doing Color Guard since I was in seventh grade, and it was probably one of the best things I have ever done. In middle school, kids are finding out what their passion is and by the time they get into high school, they already know what sports or activities they are going to do outside of school. The problem with Color Guard being a high school sport is that nobody knows what it is until they are in high school, and by then it is too late to leave whatever activities they have decided to do.

Speaking as someone who has been doing this activity for the past five years, I want to make sure that when I graduate, I leave behind an amazing legacy that keeps up our reputation for being a state champion. In the last two years, our guard has had only eight people march during the fall. Of those eight people, five of them would be graduating within the next two years. I wanted to save our guard so that we would never have to worry about having enough people who really wanted to be in the activity.

I knew that advertising to high school students who already have enough on their hands wouldn’t be helpful, so instead I targeted middle school students. Since middle school is all about trying new things and figuring out what you want to do with your life, I figured that this would be a perfect audience for the cause I was trying to save.

The first thing I did was figure out what exactly I wanted to do to advertise the activity. I remembered from my first two years in Color Guard that our old coach would set up a mini day camp to teach middle school students the basics of spinning and invite them to join. It was very effective (it’s how I joined), and I decided that I could do the same thing again.

I emailed the Mountain Ridge Middle School athletic director to ask him if I could reserve a few dates in the gym for my clinic. Every month leading up to the clinic, I emailed him back to make sure that the gym was still open for my event. Once I knew for sure that I would have space to put on the event, I made a flyer to be put in the main office at Mountain Ridge Middle School with all of the details needed for the participants. A few of the members in my guard were in middle school, so I asked them to talk about it on the morning announcements. I figured that I would need something to remember the clinic, so I asked someone in my guard to design and order T-shirts for everyone who showed up. I also sent information to other Middle Schools in the district.

On the first day of the clinic, I introduced the attendees to what Color Guard is by teaching them warm-ups and some basic routines. Most of the attendees got pretty excited. Neither of my coaches could make it, so I taught along with my teammates by separating everyone into small groups and teaching individually.

One of the problems I faced was a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the attendees. Even though I knew they were enjoying themselves, I noticed that everyone was surprisingly quiet. Nobody said a word during the first day of practice, so I made a note to bring up conversation on the second and third days.

The next two days were a lot more comfortable and efficient in teaching. One of my coaches was able to make it to the second day, but the other coach got caught in traffic on the way to the third day. As far as I could tell, everyone was happy to be there. We invited the eighth graders to come to our winter practices to see if they really wanted to join. A few of them are now a part of the guard, and are improving at a great pace because of their prior knowledge from the clinic.

Where we’ve only had eight guard members for the past two years, we now have 21!  Because this event was so effective, I put all of the information that I needed to organize the event on a flash drive so that I can give it to anyone who wants to repeat the event.

In organizing this three week event, I learned that it takes a lot of work and pressure to make something happen, and that you need to be okay with things not going right. It is important to deal with issues like coaches not being able to attend, and there always needs to be a backup plan in case something goes wrong. In the future, I plan on putting on this event at least once every year so that we can keep the numbers of fresh spinners high on our list of people who want to join. I also created a manual for other schools to follow so they can put on a similar clinic as well, complete with permission slips, equipment needed, jobs for staff, how to reserve gym space, sample daily schedules, and instructions for ordering t-shirts.  I gave this manual (on a flash drive) to captains of several other high schools, and I made a Facebook and YouTube page with similar information and instructional videos so guards all over the world can take advantage of the event.

This project really helped me see how big of an impact I can create on the community and that issues that nobody knows about really can be fixed. Yes, it takes a lot of dedication and work, but the final result of my project was worth it. I am content in knowing that I have made the future of my Color Guard better, and I hope that everyone can get the chance to feel like they have made a difference in the community, no matter how big or small the issue is.

*** Earn your Gold Award by Feb. 28, 2015 and you could win the $1,000 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize! It will be awarded to a Girl Scout who has received her Gold Award in the current year and whose project is selected by an independent panel as an exceptional example of sustainable impact through leadership. To learn more click here.

Girl Scouts announces 2014 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction


Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2014 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Pikes Peak area at a private reception in June (location TBD). This year’s seven honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Amanda Mountain, Vice President and Chief Membership & Branding Officer of Rocky Mountain PBS and Woman to Watch 2012, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.

The Women of Distinction program began in the area in 2000, though 56 area women were named Women of Distinction in 1994 during Girl Scouts’ 75 Anniversary. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 113 area women with this honor. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $325,000 has been raised in 12 years.

Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the 2014 Thin Mint Dinner in Colorado Springs at the Antlers Hilton. This event is on Sept. 12 and the program will feature one of Colorado’s up and coming women leaders, Amelia Earhart, who will share her inspirational story behind her summer 2014 around-the-world flight. Lynette Crow-Iverson, President/CEO of Conspire! and Woman of Distinction 2013, is the event chair. Renita Wolf, Senior Strategy Consultant of Wells Fargo Asset Management Group and Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors member, is serving as the event sponsorship chair, and Erica Oakley-Courage, Corporate Market Director of the American Heart Association, is the logistics chair.

For more information on the Sept. 12 event, including how you can help, please contact Karen Burghart at 719-304-8322 or karen.burghart@gscolorado.org. You can also visit the Girl Scouts of Colorado website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/women-of-distinction-pikes-peak.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2014 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction: 

  • Debbie Chandler, CEO, Colorado Springs Health Partners
  • Susan Edmondson, President/CEO, Downtown Partnership
  • Carla L. Hartsell, community volunteer, City of Colorado Springs, retired executive (recipient of the Sandy Taylor Distinguished Community Service Award)
  • Judith Mackey, President, Benefit Services Group
  • Diane Price, President and CEO, Early Connections Learning Centers
  • Shirley R. Stewart, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Associates, P.C.
  • Lynne Telford, President and CEO, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Eliana Wackerman, Colorado Springs, “Do It for the Kids!”


Eliana Wackerman

Eliana Wackerman
Colorado Springs
Saint Mary’s High School
Do It for the Kids!

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed the issue of children feeling uncomfortable and frightened within hospitals. Young children decide how they feel about things in a moment’s notice. To help provide a better atmosphere, I created 32 separate murals on windows measuring 47” x 57 1/2” and activities on white board paper for the waiting room at the Pediatric Clinic in the U.S. Army’s Evans Community Hospital.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I selected this project for various reasons. First, I wanted to execute a project that included children because I am thinking of pursuing a career that deals with children. Second, I wanted to include the medical field within my project because I have a large interest in both science as well as medicine. Lastly, seeing as how both of my parents are retired U.S. Army, I have always felt a large connection with the military. With the combination of all of these things, working with the U.S. Army’s Evans Community Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic became the perfect opportunity. Working with Evans Community Hospital not only allowed me to obtain experience with children through the medical field, but it also allowed me to make an impact on children’s lives. I understand that hospitals can be a scary place to many children of all ages. That is why I want the children to feel as comfortable as possible as they are waiting for a consult with a doctor. A mural and activities for children to play with while they wait are only a small way that children can feel more comfortable, but I hope something as small as this can have a large impact on the children that observe the mural as well as play with the activities.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project made a difference by not only letting the children feel more comfortable in the clinic, but also by having others want to help their community because they saw my project. I posted pictures of the progress of my project on social networking sites, and friends from all over the world commented and contacted me telling me how awesome an action I was completing. Each of these people have told me that seeing me take action in my community has made them want to take action in their community,

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I developed a stronger sense of self as I faced my fear of talking with high-ranking officials and adults, and realized that my confidence grew as I faced my fears and that I could easily communicate with my elders.

I developed positive values as I realized the impact I could make on young children through such simple means of educational paintings.

I gained practical life skills, especially in the area of time management. I discovered that I cannot expect things to be approved or executed in a snap of the fingers. I realized that I have to manage my time effectively because it is so precious.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the reactions from parents, children and staff at the Fort Carson Hospital that I received as I completed my project. Children walking by as I was painting saying, “Look mommy! A sheep!” or ” That’s so cool!” always put a smile on my face. Parents and staff at the hospital even came up to me saying how much they liked the paintings and how they believed it was making a big impact on the children.

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

The children who are patients at this hospital were scared of the hospital and the pediatric clinic. The colorful murals allow them to feel more comfortable in a now kid-friendly area. The fact that I was educating these children through an artistic viewpoint not only empowered me to be a creative thinker when it came to the scenes on these panels, but it also educated children as they asked their parents what different objects on the panels were. Creativity is something that can only enhance my future, and learning how to use it in a way that helps others will help me reach my goals in a unique way.

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

One of the reasons I decided to work with the military for my Gold Award was because I thought that would be a perfect way to establish a global connection. With military personnel moving around as much as they do, I am hoping that they will see my project and implement something similar all over the world. Also since this project is focused at children, wherever these children go when they grow up, which could be anywhere in the world, I hope they give something back to their community and, thus, make an impact on the global society. As Girl Scouts, we want to help the world, and I think executing a project that makes global connections and makes a difference in the world fulfills the motto of the Girl Scouts and the reason I am a Girl Scout.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Delaney Keeler, Colorado Springs, “The Pet Pal Program”


Delaney Keeler

Delaney Keeler
Colorado Springs
The Vanguard School
The Pet Pal Program

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a volunteer and education program for kids who are not old enough to volunteer at the Humane Society to complete.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I myself wanted to volunteer with the Humane Society but was not old enough. When I started working with a younger Girl Scout troop, they wanted to do a service project at the Humane Society.  Plus, my family fosters puppies until they are old enough to be adopted, so I am well aware of the problem of unwanted pets.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Now kids can volunteer with the Humane Society with the help of their parents or another adult. Kids will not only learn how responsible pet care, how to choose some of the best options available on the pet supplies market today (pet monitors, etc), but can make a difference as well. As soon as kids become a Pet Pal then they can be contacted by the Humane Society for other volunteer programs.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership and communication skills as well time management and flexibility.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember most about my Gold Award is not only the hours and the hard work, but, in the end, the smiles on the girls’ faces of the Girl Scout troop I work with as we completed the requirements of this program together.

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

It made me more aware of the variety of types of communication that are necessary when working with many individuals. It has definitely made me more confident. If I can complete a project such as this and not give up, it makes my dreams seem much more possible.

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

I have been a Girl Scout in three states. I have camped as a Girl Scout in four countries. I have been to Our Chalet. Plus, I am a 4th generation Girl Scout, but the first in my family to earn the Gold Award. As I become an adult, this is the best possible way to transition my role as a Girl Scout to one day being a leader just like my mom, grandma, aunt and great-grandmother.

Pikes Peak area Girl Scouts help victims of Black Forest Fire

It is very heartwarming seeing the difference Colorado Girl Scouts make in their communities, especially during the holidays.

Right after Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts of Colorado received a very nice note from a recipient of a Thanksgiving food basket. This individual had lost their home during the Black Forest Fire, and was touched to learn through a little note in their basket that the bread had been baked by local Girl Scouts.

After digging a little further on this story, I found out that this is a service project that the Girl Scouts in the Pikes Peak area have done for more than 16 years! This year Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 3740 baked the bread, which was given to Tri-Lake Cares for their holiday food baskets for those in need. Recently on Dec. 8th, the troop of 20 girls, who are from five different high schools in Monument and the Colorado Springs area, baked 60 loaves of homemade yeast bread for the food baskets for Christmas. This troop has  baked bread every Thanksgiving and Christmas for more than six years.

Their troop leader, Cindy Petersen, asked the girls what Girl Scouts meant to them during the baking party on Sunday, here are some of their responses:

  • Girl Scouts is your family away from your biological family that you love to get together with!
  • Girl Scouts is a safe place where you can ask for advice and guidance.
  • Girl Scouts is where we do amazing things within our community to help others.
  • Girls Scouts has given me many life skills which I will take into my adult life, like great leadership skills.
  • Girl Scouts helped me get my first job.
  • Girl Scouts is great to have on your college applications.
  • Girl Scouts has given me more confidence to try new things.
  • Girl Scouts has given me lots of sisters to have fun with!

Nice work to Troop 3740 on carrying on a tradition of meaningful Girl Scout service to the community!

Story on this project in Fresh Ink/Colorado Springs Gazette