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Build Like a Girl: Careers in Construction

Update: The registration deadline for Careers in Construction has been extended to Wednesday, September 25, 2019. 

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to join GE Johnson Construction Company for “Build Like a Girl: Careers in Construction” on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the GJ Johnson Logistics Facility in Colorado Springs! Girls will learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in their community, and participate in a behind-the-scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum. Cadettes will work on requirements for the “Woodworker” badge and Seniors will work on requirements for the “Social Innovation” badge.

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/build_like_a_girl_ca.html

All Girl Scouts will receive a special event patch. Waivers will need to be signed and submitted for each person at the event. Waivers will be emailed directly to all registrants when registration closes.

This is not a drop off event, all Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios for events should be met. No tagalongs.

Around 2 p.m. the group will need to drive from GE Johnson to the Olympic Museum (130 West Vermijo Ave., Colorado Springs) for the tour. The event will end at the Olympic Museum at 3:30 p.m.

Capacity is 100 Girl Scouts. To secure your t-shirt size and dietary requests, please register before September 12. Registration will officially close when capacity is met OR on September 18. If you register after September 12, we cannot guarantee your t-shirt size or dietary request.

All attendees must be registered Girl Scout members. If girls are attending without their parent, adults attending must be approved volunteers.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org
If you have any questions or trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts get hands-on construction experience

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with GE Johnson Construction Company in Colorado Springs to have Careers in Construction day on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Held at GE Johnson’s logistics site, 68 Girl Scouts were treated by staff of the construction company, who volunteered for the day to help the girls. Girls came from all over the state to learn some basic understanding of construction (such needing math skills to know how much materials cost and how much to purchase), as well as get hands-on experience with power and hand tools. Girl Scouts donned pink hard-hats, work gloves, and safety glasses, all requirements to participate.

The girls built Little Libraries, which were then raffled off to the troops that were represented at the event. These were not just any Little Libraries. The ones the girls built included a six-foot-long reading bench with a book box that could hold at least a dozen books and a flower planter on top! The Little Libraries will be installed by the girls and their troops in their communities.

After spending the morning building their Little Libraries, the staff at GE Johnson took the Girl Scouts on an exclusive tour of a very important project in Colorado Springs, the Olympic Museum. It was a great opportunity for the girls to see how the structure was being built and understand why certain features were added to the building. GE Johnson also provided time for the girls to see big vehicles used in the construction trades, including a very cool robotic “tamper” that girls took turns operating.

Stella Hodgkins, Project Manager at GE Johnson, said she was thrilled to put the project together because there are so many opportunities for girls in construction that she wanted to highlight. It is her hope that some girls would seriously consider construction skills trades as a vocation.

The overwhelming response to the day was positive – girls were tired and felt rewarded. Some commented they never would have tried a power drill or other power tools if it hadn’t been for this event. Others were surprised at how much math they had to know. The adults and parents attending were very impressed by the thoroughness of the lessons taught that day, and the opportunities it gave the girls.

Girl Scouts of Colorado gives a huge shout-out to GE Johnson for the awesome day they gave girls!

Troop 256 earns Bronze Award

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Submitted by Cindy Orton
Littleton

For their Bronze Award project, Junior Troop 256 built a potter’s bench for Jennifer, a woman they met who was left a quadriplegic (she has limited use of her arms and hands) after an unfortunate diving accident nearly three years ago. Through a very honest and open conversation with Jennifer, the girls learned that one thing she misses a lot is gardening. They were determined to do something to make her life a little nicer. With the help of Eric Orton (the troop leader’s husband), the girls learned many new skills. They made every cut, every drill hole, and every measure. They chiseled, sanded and varnished. They learned how to use a miter saw provided by MiterSawCorner.com, jigsaw, table saw and power drill. They also learned how to use a wood burning tool and they each initialed the bench. They learned how to use these devises safely and used every precaution to keep injury from happening. They finished the project with only one minor injury and all digits left in place!

It is a sturdy bench made out of recycled fencing. They made a sliding shelf that holds a container for her dirt. They made different sized templates for various sized pots so Jennifer doesn’t have to try to hold the pot steady, it’s held in place for her. They worked in shifts for three weeks (64 girl hours) to finish the project and had the distinct pleasure of presenting the bench to Jennifer at their annual Court of Awards ceremony in May.

“It was amazing to see the girls leave their comfort zone and successfully learn many new and scary skills. They all lead very busy lives, but each one found the time and dedication to build this bench. They kept Jennifer in the forefront of their mind and each one was pleased at the prospect of bringing a little joy to this woman’s life,” said Cindy Orton, their troop leader.

At the Award Ceremony, each girl was asked to speak about one thing she learned over the course of the project. One of the most profound answers came from Sophie…”I learned that you have to be a pretty amazing woman to break your neck, nearly die, end up in a wheelchair and still hold your head up high!”

The bench was delivered and Jennifer has already potted several flowers.

There’s no place like home!

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More photos from the project

Written by Denver Metro Area Troop 640 leader, Crystal Ellis

Our Girl Scout Cadette troop consisting of six girls decided to acknowledge the volunteers at Habitat for Humanity as our Hometown Heroes through the 2011 Cookie Program. The girls felt that the organization contributes to the community by helping people have a home of their own made them heroes. The troop collected 61 boxes of cookies and delivered them to a building site last spring, where they met with the volunteers working on the house. The girls were given a tour of the “home,” and a brief overview on blueprints and carpentry.

The troop did not want to stop at collecting cookies, and expressed interest in contributing more to Habitat for Humanity. However, due to age restrictions, helping to build a home was not an option. So the girls investigated what Habitat needed and decided to try their hand at carpentry. They chose to build flower boxes. They spent their troop funds on supplies and a Saturday afternoon in the garage. They learned about carpentry and picked up a few power tools! The troop built five flower boxes.

This fall, our troop was invited to participate in a home dedication on September 11, 2011 in Aurora, Colo. The girls went shopping for flowers and potting soil so the homeowner could plant the flowers in the boxes. The troop toured the finished home. They were amazed to see the finished product, thinking back to the building site they visited in the spring. All this started with blueprints and wood, combined with the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers at Habitat for Humanity!

The troop was very proud to be a part of the dedication ceremony and were given a moment for our Troop Cookie Director to say a few words. The girls placed the finished flower boxes on the porch railing to give the homeowners something to add to their new home.

“It was great to do something for all of the volunteers that work so hard to help other people. I am happy we could help and make a difference in the life of another person,” explained Rachel, a Girl Scout and member of Troop 640.

Our troop discovered many things about themselves, the community and the world through this service project. But the thing that stood out the most for them is that there really is no place like home.