Tag Archives: COVID

Girl Scout Senior Boosts Seniors’ Spirits During COVID-19 Pandemic

Submitted by Elizabeth B.

Metro Denver

Cherry Hills Village

My grandmom is in a senior home in Pennsylvania. We had plans to see her last March when COVID hit. I wanted to raise the spirits of seniors in assisted living who couldn’t have visitors. Since July 2020, I have hand painted almost 190 flower pots and planted succulents; made 100 Easter baskets and boxes for shut-ins; and decorated more than 300 room decorations. We donated these to seven different senior assisted living homes in the area.

I knew that seniors could use something to raise their spirits since they couldn’t go anywhere and couldn’t have visitors. I thought about what they might like that would be easy to take care of, and would last so they would always know someone was thinking about them. I love succulents, and thought some brightly decorated pots and succulents would be just the thing! Decorating the pots took a lot of time and creativity, but I loved how they looked in the end. For Easter, I wanted to do something a little different, so I found cute baskets and created Easter baskets for each resident, so they could have a fun surprise on Easter and they could use the Easter basket in the room after.  Overall, I have dedicated more than 100 hours to this work.

This is my 11th year as a Girl Scout, and I’ve completed my Bronze and Silver Awards, and am getting ready to take on my Gold! Girl Scouts has helped me grow my leadership skills, and finishing my Silver Award pushed me to go far outside my comfort zone, accomplishing something I never thought I could and impact the lives of dozens of kids.

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.

Silver Award Project: Adopt a Grandparent

Submitted by Emily Sage

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Camryn and Peyton from Troop 71020 wanted to show nursing home residents some love during the COVID-19 pandemic. For their Silver Award project, they decided to adopt a nursing home in Loveland and partnered with The Courtyard of Loveland Assisted Living to develop an Adopt-A-Grandparent program. Camryn and Peyton started the program by making Thanksgiving treats for each of the residents and forming a group to sing socially-distanced, outdoor Christmas carols. To make their project sustainable, they asked Girl Scouts across Colorado to adopt a resident and send a Christmas gift and letter each month for the following year (2021). Peyton and Camryn plan to continue bringing small gifts to the residents for various holidays, such as the valentines they dropped off in February.

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.

More In-Person Meeting Options for Girl Scout Troops

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to share an update from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that will allow for more options for Girl Scout troops to meet in person.

We have been working with state officials throughout the past year regarding COVID-19 guidelines. As positivity levels change and more of the population becomes vaccinated, the CDPHE has been able to re-evaluate the guidance they provided.

The state previously classified Girl Scout troop meetings as “personal gatherings,” but now only meetings or activities occurring in a private residence fall under the ”personal gatherings” category. This means Girl Scout troops have more options to meet in person as long as they follow the guidelines for indoor events, outdoor events, or outdoor recreation, depending on the location and activity planned for the meeting. Be sure to check the state and county guidelines, but in most cases, this means a hike, a get-together in a park, or a meeting at a neighborhood clubhouse may be options for you. However, Girl Scout troops cannot meet in a private residence, whether the meeting is held indoors or outside.

Safety is always No. 1 priority and we stress that troops must follow all safety guidelines and take the responsibility of ensuring their activities are aligned with the safety standards for the activity and location.

Always check with the location or business before hosting a meeting or activity to ensure you are within capacity limits for that location and ensure you follow all safety guidelines associated with that business or activity.

At this time, overnights are not allowed per GSUSA for our state’s current phase of reopening. We continue to work on this with the state to determine what requirements will be in place once overnights are allowed again.

We appreciate your patience as we’ve all tried to navigate these challenging and ever-changing times while making safety a top priority.

Visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/covid for the most up-to-date information. You can also use this document  to help you navigate where your activity might be categorized.

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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.

Conversation Starter: Youth Mental Health During COVID

On January 26, 2021, Girl Scouts of Colorado talked with Dr. Laura Anthony, a child psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute and an Associate Professor at the CU Anschutz School of Medicine, about advice on how to recognize the warning signs that indicate your children may be struggling due to the pressures of COVID-19.

You can watch this important conversation on GSCO’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/e1ZBocGOkgw.

Please share this link with family and friends to bring the valuable information here to more caregivers and adults who engage with youth.

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.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Kaitlyn Ketchell, Monument, “Eating Disorder Education”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

The main issue I tackled in my project was lack of education and awareness about eating disorders; namely, warning signs and seeking treatment, as well as general education about eating disorders. The old curriculum used in the health classes at my high school didn’t provide the right kind of education about eating disorders that would allow students to better understand and handle eating disorders, so I created a new curriculum for the middle and high schools in my district. I also created informational pamphlets about eating disorders, which I distributed to local medical establishments (clinics, pharmacies, etc.) and some of the schools in my district.

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

In order to measure the impact of my project, I created two surveys with questions about eating disorders: one for students to take before watching my presentation on eating disorders, and one for students to take after watching my presentation on eating disorders. Then (with the help of a friend), I analyzed the results and found that scores were much improved on the post-survey.

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

My project is sustainable through the continued use of my eating disorder lessons by the high school health teachers. Additionally, my lessons are available for free on the Teachers Pay Teachers website and can be used by anyone.

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

My global/national connection is through the Teachers Pay Teachers website, making my lessons available to anyone for free (teachers, home-schoolers, and more) to use any time.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I’m more resilient than I previously thought. When COVID-19 shut down the schools in my district, I thought that would be the death of my project. However, I worked with the members of my team and was able to record myself teaching my lessons, which the health teachers were able to use in their virtual classes.

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

Earning my Gold Award has increased my confidence, my leadership skills, and my ability to navigate bureaucracies. This has taught me that I am capable of persevering through whatever challenges I may face in the future. When I face roadblocks in the future, I will draw upon the things I learned from my Gold Award project to persevere through them.

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

The Gold Award is Girl Scouts’ highest achievement. Earning this was important to me as a Girl Scout because I set the goal early on and was able to achieve it. I first learned about the Gold Award when my troop leader introduced us to the Bronze Award. Earning the Bronze and Silver Awards inspired me to continue toward my goal of earning Gold.

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 become an innovator because I had to come up with new ideas and unique solutions to new problems (like COVID-19 shutting down our schools).

**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.

Racing Derby Virtual Style

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Fort Collins

Northern & Northeastern CO

The girls of Troop 70720 hosted their second annual racing derby! This year looked a little different than last year because of COVID and all the restrictions going on across the state. However, that did not stop them from hosting this event. We figured out staggered and safe drop off times and then live-streamed the event on YouTube. While there were a few technical glitches at the beginning, it all worked out well and we think everyone had a really good time 🙂 Thank you to the girls who signed up to participate and made cars 🙂 This event couldn’t happen without all of you and some of your cars are pretty amazing.

Look for the event back again next year! Hopefully, it will be able to be in person and live streamed!

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Virtual Bingo

Submitted by Christine Kucera

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Girl Scout Troops 54313 and 54595 ran a virtual bingo service unit wide event in December. Girls from all levels and multiple troops joined together to play bingo. Prizes were all gift certificates to local businesses. Most were purchased from a grant from the Lufkin Family. Donations were gratuitously given from Deja Vu Boutique with consignment clothes and jewelry; Cowboys and Indians with Native American home goods; and Lyon’s Corner Drug and Soda Fountain with an old fashioned soda jerk with specialty ice cream. Girls were excited to play bingo cards with different themes of holiday words, song titles, and Girl Scout words. Fortunately, everyone won a prize and a patch. While it’s hard to get together and have fun during this COVID isolation, Steamboat had a great time virtually while supporting our community!

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Cookies available in Colorado on January 31

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is NOT cancelled! Starting January 31, Colorado Girl Scouts will be selling your favorite cookies in safe and innovative ways. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods to include:

  • Hosting virtual and drive-thru cookie booths. You can text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply) or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for free on iOS or Android devices to find booths in your area.
  • Making porch drop-offs to friends and family.
  • Creating their own websites using the Digital Cookie platform to take online orders. If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to get the link to her website. If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookies on February 1 to purchase cookies from a local troop for direct shipment to your home or donate to local non-profits or the military.
  • Starting February 12, a new national collaboration with Grubhub will allow girls in select Colorado locations to take contact-free pickup and delivery orders. A hands-on experience in managing e-commerce, Girl Scouts will track and fulfill orders placed at grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts, manage inventory, and more, all using Grubhub’s back-end technology. As always, proceeds stay in Colorado. Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are grateful to Grubhub for waiving all fees for the organization to make this new delivery option feasible for sales without reducing proceeds.

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-si-Dos, and Lemon-Ups are $4/package. S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic are $5/package. The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program ends Sunday, March 7.

Now more than ever, Girl Scouts are relying on your support and the support of the community to meet their goals and make our world a better place. Last year, Troop 65430 from Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree used money earned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program to make masks, sneeze guards, and lanyards for teachers and staff at their school. This personal protective equipment helped keep everyone safe by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“We’ve all been through a lot this past year and are longing for something that feels like normal,” said Leanna Clark, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “What’s more reliable and comforting than Girl Scout Cookies? We are excited to be able to sell in new and innovative ways this year and hope the community will support our girls as they learn about entrepreneurship and run their own cookie businesses.”

Each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies supports girls in developing five lifelong skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. When you purchase cookies, you are helping girls power their Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs. The important leadership, business, and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program position them for success in the future.

Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts honor non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and uniformed personnel through Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program. Through this program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. All Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring purchases may be eligible for a tax deduction. The 2021 goal for the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program in Colorado is 200,000 packages.

All Girl Scout Cookie varieties contain zero grams of trans fat per serving. Thin Mints are vegan. Do-si-Dos and Trefoils have no hydrogenated oils. Further information about Girl Scout Cookie ingredients can be found at littlebrownie.com. High resolution images of Girl Scout Cookies and Colorado Girl Scouts selling cookies are available upon request.

Girl Scout Face Masks

Submitted by Karen Wilson

Metro Denver

Aurora

We have wanted to go to Europe since we were Brownies. Due to COVID and Pax Lodge being closed in 2021, we will be Europe bound in 2022. Help us make our way to London and Ireland by purchasing one of our Girl Scout face masks, which are available in pink or green. We will deliver or mail.

As a way to earn money for our trip, we thought that the most stylish thing to wear while selling cookies is a Girl Scout face mask. We have them available in pink and green. Each mask is $7. It is lined, has an adjustable nose piece, and adjustable elastic. We will deliver if you are within an hours drive from Aurora or mail to those who are farther away. Use this link to order yours: https://forms.gle/jPWwYrUkbw8Yf2rC9

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Stress Relief Kits for Kids

Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver

Thornton

Alanna from Troop 62816 completed her Silver Award project, Stress Relief Kits for Kids. She put together kits to help relieve stress during COVID. She made videos on how each activity worked and teamed up with the Adams 12 school district  to distribute her kits during free lunch distribution hours during the summer! She also worked with a few local troops, teaching younger Girl Scouts how to do the activities that help relieve stress.

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 was at the can send in her story here.