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Gold Award Girl Scout: Bryce Civiello, Evergreen, “Teen Health and Wellness Resource Card”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a relatable resource for teens that can help them take the first steps towards getting help from a professional. I vetted all the websites that I chose as resources with a pediatrician to make sure they had the correct information for teens. I then placed my cards in high school counseling departments, pediatrician offices, and a Mental Health Center of Denver.

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

By doing a survey with people from my target audience, I was able to measure the necessity of this information. With the survey data, I was able to present the data as evidence as to why this card was important to have as a resource.

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

My project is sustainable because I gave a digital copy of my card to all the places I chose. They also all have in-house printing services so that they can always make copies to continue giving out to teens in need.

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

My national connection is the organization the places I chose belong to. The pediatricians that I contracted with want to bring my card to the national and international conferences they attend. My cards will also be distributed throughout all Mental Health Centers of Denver.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am good at leading a team, however I need to work on creating more concise timelines for projects.

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

It will let my future employers know that I am a motivated and ambitious employee. I will always be able to reference the steps I had for this project for any future work or personal project.

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

I feel that the Gold Award is a perfect ending to everything I learned in my 14 years of Girl Scouting. It is also a good starting point for college and starting my professional career.

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

I feel that I am a risk-taker because of the fragility of my chosen topic. Mental health has a fog of stigma and taboo around it. I decided to brave those stigmas to start on a pathway to normalizing mental health and mental health awareness for people my age.

**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

Sister troops go backpacking

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver


The Cadettes of sister troops 2064 and 8242 went backpacking in the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area the weekend before Memorial Day. Seven girls and two leaders went on this challenging six-mile loop.

The girls were greeted with a massive thunderstorm five-minutes from the campsite, leaving them to take shelter in the forest until the lightning subsided. Once at the campsite, the girls took turns holding a large tarp over each others’ tents until they could be fully pitched with the rainfly on, preventing the inside from becoming soaked. Then, they worked together to gather and dry wood for a campfire. These Cadettes showed amazing teamwork in a tough situation.

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

Girl Scouts conquer a 14er

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver


Girl Scouts from around the metro-area gathered this past weekend for a Colorado adventure! We camped in Buena Vista, visiting The Trailhead store to learn more about outdoor gear. Then, we spent the evening learning about Leave No Trace and prepping for our hike.

The next morning, we got up super early and headed over to Mt. Sherman! It was a steep, grueling hike, but in the end, seven girls ended up making it all the way to the 14,036 foot summit. It was the first 14er ever for five of the girls!

The girls earned the new “Eco-Trekker” badge and parts of the “Primitive Camper” badge while on this trip. If this kind of adventure sounds fun to you, please email Elizabeth at elizabeth@285girlscouts.org for information about next year’s mountaineering adventure!

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Moore

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Elizabeth Moore of Conifer in the Metro Denver region has served as a troop leader and service unit volunteer for many years. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Elizabeth to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

Initially, I began volunteering because it was the only way for my daughters to get the Girl Scout experience I wanted for them. As my role expanded, however, my motivation became to deliver the Girl Scout experience to as many girls within my sphere of influence that I could.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout?

First and foremost, I am a troop leader. My troop spans from kindergarten Daisies to a 9th grade Senior. I have many co-leaders that help me manage all the different levels of girls, but I manage most of the administrative work and a lot of the activity planning. Right now, I am actively leading the Daisy and Cadette levels. I also serve as service unit manager (a natural outgrowth from managing such a large troop) and a trainer (primarily to fill the need I saw within my service unit).

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned a lot about event planning and communication. I’ve learned about teaching girls at all ages. I’ve also learned a lot about myself – what I’m capable of, what my strengths are, and where I can still use some help.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that girls have learned how to be confident, how to pursue things they are interested in learning about, and how to take risks that they might not otherwise.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

My experiences in Girl Scouts have enabled me to reenter the workforce after 10 years of raising my children. I never would have had the skills – or the confidence! – I needed without having volunteered.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Gold Award Candidate: Riley Morgenthaler, Conifer, “Tool Tubs”

I had the opportunity to share my Gold Award project with members of my community, and it was one of the most valuable parts of the whole Gold Award process.

For my Gold Award project, I am working to help underprivileged students throughout Colorado have access to STEM learning.  I have worked to address the two root causes of this issue: a lack of support and a lack of resources.  My goal is to aid in the participation of underprivileged youth in the quality STEM-based program Destination Imagination.

Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving competition, in which teams of students work for up to 9 months developing solutions to science, technology, engineering, and artistic challenges, developing team work and project management skills along the way.  I chose this program, because it has the infrastructure and potential to change kids’ lives and I believe every child should have access to it.

To combat the lack of support that students in poverty often face, I developed a mentorship program to aid adult leaders of Destination Imagination teams in underprivileged communities.

To address the resource issue, I assembled “Tool Tubs” which contain the tools necessary for students to develop a solution to a Destination Imagination challenge, and which will be distributed to underprivileged teams across Colorado for loan each season.  I knew that to meet my financial goals and be able to assemble the number of “Tool Tubs” that I was striving for, I needed a lot of community support.  That is why I applied for The Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors Grant.  The grant is given to deserving community organizations in my town, Conifer, and is aimed at helping non-profit organizations and groups achieve their goals.

I requested enough money to assemble five “Tool Tubs,” and I was very graciously granted the money by Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors.  February 2 was the grant award ceremony, and I had the opportunity to receive my check and speak about my project in front of the 140 members of the Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors organization as well as the leaders of nearly 15 other Conifer organizations.  The audience members included my high school and elementary school principals, the town fire chief, various members of my school’s staff, and leaders of many charitable organizations throughout Colorado.  Being able to share my project with them was especially meaningful, as they are all people working to make a valuable difference in this world.

I am extremely proud to have taken on the challenge of writing a grant request and am excited to have been able to share my project with so many people.  The impact that the money will have towards making the world a better place and the many positive responses I got from my audience, made all the hard work worth it and made me feel empowered as a leader.

Dive into programming with Troop 62064

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver


There has been so much new content released for Girl Scouts this year that it can be a little overwhelming, but Cadette Troop 62064 has got your back! Your Brownies will dive into computer programming as we lead them through the brand new “Think Like A Programmer” Journey.

Girls can sign up at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/programming_journey_.html

Our troop got special permission to guide Brownies through this new Journey for a LIA award and prerequisite to the Program Aide award! We are excited to innovate and lead at this event!

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

Wapiti Service Unit at Staunton State Park

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver


The Wapiti Service Unit in Conifer and Bailey went to Staunton State Park to do a good turn in our community. 27 Girl Scouts from four different troops combined to help pull weeds and collect trash in the Davis ponds area. Ultimately, in the short time we had, the girls filled six trash bags! Everyone had a great time and we look forward to partnering with Staunton State Park again in the future.

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Girl Scouts donate 424 packages of cookies to local fire department


Submitted by JoLene Kucera

Metro Denver


Troop 1368 delivered their 424 packages of Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to the Elk Creek Fire Department on April 14, 2017. That’s 124 packages over their goal! The original delivery had to be rescheduled because the firefighters have been busy putting out fires already this spring. The girls vote to have them as our Hometown Hero every year because they continue to keep our mountain community safe from fires.

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