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2021 Denver Fire Department Young Adult Career Exploration Camps

Submitted by Greg Pixley

Metro Denver

Denver

The Denver Fire Department Career Exploration Camp is an excellent opportunity that allows young adults to learn, experience, and recognize the possibilities of a future career as a Denver firefighter. Campers will participate in hands-on simulated emergency fire and rescue situations, while earning certificates in first-aid and CPR. It is the mission of our instructors to instill participants with team building and leadership skills, along with valuable life lessons, while having fun! Our hope is to inspire these participants to consider working as a Denver Firefighter after their high school and college careers.

The Career Exploration Camp is three, seven-hour sessions dedicated to introducing local youth to the life of a firefighter with the Denver Fire Department. Our firefighters will help attendees build a sense of teamwork, responsibility and career awareness during the camp.

Dates: July 28-30, 2021

Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grades: 4th through 12th Grade

Fee: FREE!

Camp will begin each morning at 9 a.m. at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy (5440 Roslyn Building F, Denver, CO 80216). The day will end around 4 p.m. at the same location

Registration is limited, and parents/guardians will be notified once their camper(s) has been confirmed to participate. The email for registration is below.

Once selected to attend, a parent/guardian must attend a mandatory orientation meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. on either Thursday, July 15or Friday, July 16. The orientation meeting will be in the second-floor classroom at the Denver Fire Academy located at 5440 Roslyn – Building #5, Denver 80216, and is anticipated to end around 8 p.m. Again, parent/guardian attendance of the orientation is mandatory if their kiddo is a first-time participant with this camp.

Camper Checklist:

  • Jacket or sunscreen (weather depending)
  • All campers must have waiver on file at the time of attendance.
  • Water snacks and lunch will be provided
  • Registration and Waiver: Contact Capt. Greg Pixley at 303-503-7490 or greg.pixley@denvergov.org

Young Adult Career Exploration Camp Application

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Troop 65659 Daisies design vehicles

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Daisies Elizabeth and Summer Ella with multi-level Troop 65659 completed the Daisy Automotive Design badge. They both chose to design campers.  Summer Ella’s camper will take you to the bottom of the ocean, “fast.” To entertain yourself on the way, you will have iPads and a climbing wall. Elizabeth’s camper will take you to an island, so you can find treasure. It has wings to get you over the ocean.

Summer’s sister, Junior Kennedy, helped with the badge. She designed a mobile library. It has a flashing light that can take you to the past and future. It also has a sunroof that functions as a terrarium for frogs and insects. The girls really enjoyed learning about parts of vehicles and becoming designers.

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.

Temple Grandin Equine Center Seeking Volunteers

Submitted by Darcy Epeneter

Metro Denver

Denver

The Temple Grandin Equine Center is looking for Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who are interested in volunteering with our equine assisted physical and occupational therapy programs. We have two main volunteer positions: leaders and side walkers. Leaders are responsible for leading horses and taking instruction from therapists during sessions. Side walkers assist our clients (also under therapist direction.) This includes helping a client with mounting, balancing, or playing games (yes, we play loads of games on horseback with our clients!) A typical session runs 50 minutes and we are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. There are additional opportunities for those interested in learning equine healthcare and barn maintenance. These typically happen daily between 6-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

This is an excellent opportunity for any Girl Scout looking to earn a badge (let us know how we can help with the requirements) or anyone looking to fulfill volunteer hours or projects for their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards. They do not need horse experience- we will train them! All they need is close-toed shoes, a cheerful attitude, and a passion for making a difference in someone’s life. Volunteer orientations are every other Friday from 12-2 p.m., but we are happy to schedule a private orientation. We are a growing program, so this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in an equine-assisted therapy career!

Learn more: https://tgec.agsci.colostate.edu

To sign up for a volunteer training session, or for any inquiries, please email Debbie Mogor at debbie.mogor@colostate.edu.

You may email me, as well:
depenete@colostate.edu

I was a Girl Scout from age five until I turned 18. I took my first step towards leadership when I was 13-years-old by attending the counselor in training programs at Camp Sherman in Southern California. I earned my Bronze and Silver Awards, and worked on my Gold Award. Unfortunately, my parents moved overseas and I wasn’t able to finish this achievement, but I’m still proud of the effort it took!

Girl Scouts taught me how to communicate with local professionals in my area and take my career into my own hands. I spent my high school career in an independent study environment that allowed me to approach equestrian professionals in my area and show them why they needed my help in exchange for private training to prepare me for college. I used these skills in my first years of college to obtain internships with trauma-informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy programs in Northern California.

Currently, I’m a Psychology Major at Metropolitan State University. I work for the Temple Grandin Equine Center in Denver, which is a nonprofit directed by Colorado State University. We provide Equine Assisted Therapy services ranging from physical/occupational therapy; adaptive/therapeutic riding; and equine assisted psychotherapy. I started as a volunteer, and was later hired as volunteer coordinator/weekend health maintenance.

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.

FBI Summer 2021 High School Programming

Interested in learning a bit more about your local FBI? The FBI Denver Field Office will be hosting a few programs for high school students this summer!

New in 2021, the FBI Denver Field Office will be conducting several Cyber Security Teen Bootcamps (CSTB) in Colorado and Wyoming. During each CSTB, attendees will hear presentations on cybersecurity/privacy and have hands-on training with a MacBook Pro, virtual Windows 10 PC, iPhone 11 and a Google Pixel phone. Each session will be limited to ten students, will occur at venues based on the locations of the majority of interested parties, and will be facilitated by the FBI Denver Chief Security Officer Michael Mercer, who has more than 13 years of experience in cyber security and privacy.

If interested in participating in a CSTB, please email Community Outreach Specialist Leah Hapner at dn_outreach@fbi.gov with the following information by May 28, 2021:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • 2020-2021 school name
  • 2020-2021 grade/year in school
  • City of residence (if in Denver metro, please indicate neighborhood/area name)
  • Contact email (ensure email address will be accessible during the summer) and phone number

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.

Listen Now: Meet an Expert – Registered Dietitian

Listen now on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s YouTube Channel to our “Meet an Expert” session with Jessica Torro, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and teacher at Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver. Jessica talked about her education, background, and experience as an RDN. She also led girls through a live activity on healthy eating!

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/…​.

Don’t forget to check out upcoming “Meet an Expert” sessions on our events calendar!

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.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.

Brownie Troop 65750 Delivers 202 Packages of Cookies to Children’s Hospital

Submitted by Amanda Johnson

Metro Denver

Denver

The Girl Scout Brownies of Troop 65750 chose to honor the heroes at Children’s Hospital Colorado as their Hometown Hero this year. These ten Brownies from Denver’s Central Park Neighborhood delivered 202 packages of cookies and made six blankets to give to patient families.

When choosing a Hometown Hero, these Brownies saw two types of heroes at Children’s. First, the healthcare heroes who have been working especially hard during the pandemic, and also the patients and their families who are receiving life-giving care. They were particularly inspired by the Child Life Department at Children’s that works to help children feel comfortable at the hospital.

The Brownies hope to return to Children’s Hospital Colorado in the future as Girl Scout Juniors to take a tour and learn more about this important community resource.

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: Peyton Roeder, Erie, “A Bright Spot”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

Many parents experiencing homelessness feel as though they cannot provide enough for their children and many of these children feel unvalued. Additionally, many people want to help those experiencing homelessness in their community, but do not feel as though they can. Birthday parties can help solve these problems because they allow parents feel as though they are able to provide for their children, help children feel valued, and allow the community volunteers to support those experiencing homelessness. A Bright Spot provides families experiencing homelessness the means to throw birthday parties. Community volunteers signed up to donate birthday party supplies every year for a child’s birthday, which allows the parents to throw their child a birthday party. For this project, I partnered with BeyondHome, an organization in Denver that aims to help families on the road to self-sufficiency.

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

I measured the impact my Gold Award project made on my target audiences through the use of surveys. After the parties, I asked the parents if they felt they were able to provide something special for their child, the children if they felt valued, and the volunteers if they felt they were able to support those in need. I found that all of these groups were positively impacted by A Bright Spot.

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

My project is sustainable because BeyondHome will continue to run the program even though I am no longer involved. Additionally, the volunteers have committed to donating more birthday supplies as the need arises. Finally, I distributed directions on how to run A Bright Spot to other organizations so that they can start the program for their own children. My project will continue to have a positive impact on both  families and community volunteers for years to come as more and more children are able to have birthday parties.

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

My project has a global connection because homelessness is a global issue. Additionally, communities all around the globe want to support those experiencing homelessness, so I directly addressed a portion of the global issue. Finally, I spread the word about my project through a website, flyers, and newspaper articles as well as sending directions on how to start A Bright Spot to other organizations.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am capable of managing a large-scale program like my project. I also learned that I am able to come up with an idea for a program and make it a reality. Additionally, I learned that I really enjoyed providing birthday parties to the children. I chose this project because I thought I would like it, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Finally, I learned that I enjoyed providing the volunteers with the opportunity to do something special.

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

Earning my Gold Award will impact me in the future because I learned many invaluable skills while completing my project. This will help me as I continue my education and in my career. Additionally, I will always be happy to know that I was able to positively impact people through my project.

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

My Gold Award was the culmination of all of my past experiences in Girl Scouts. My badges, Journeys, and camps taught me the skills I needed to complete this project. Additionally, my Gold Award taught me new skills that I can use alongside what I learned from previous years of Girl Scouts.

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

My Gold Award helped me become a G.I.R.L. by allowing me to develop my skills in each of these areas. I was an innovator when developing a plan for the project, modifying the plan to account for COVID-19, and managing the program. I was a go-getter and risk-taker when trying to convince people and organizations to volunteer to participate in the project. Finally, I was a leader when working with my team members on various aspects of the project.

**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.

Girl Scout University 2021: Register NOW

Submitted by Elizabeth Rouse

Metro Denver

Denver

Registration for Girl Scout University is open! Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega chapter at the University of Denver, Girl Scout University will take place on April 17, 2021! This provides Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn two badges in one fun-filled morning!

Due to social distancing practices, this year’s event will be held online using the Zoom platform. We will be offering a few different badges for Juniors and Cadettes, who can pick one badge for the first session and another for the second session. Specifically, Juniors can select between Drawing, Staying Fit, and Savvy Shopper. Cadettes can select between Science of Happiness, Comparison Shopping, and Eating For You.

The cost of the event is $7.50 per badge or $15 for the whole morning. This event is a fundraiser for our organization. So, the price of the event includes the cost of badges, shipping (as we will mail the Girl Scouts the badges they earn after the event), and a small donation to Alpha Phi Omega. Registration will close on April 10.

You can register at the following link: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1060299

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

For questions, please contact gsu@apo-alphaetaiota.org.

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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.

Daisy Snow Adventure

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout Daisy Summer took advantage of the March snowfall to complete the Snow Adventure badge with the help of her sister, Girl Scout Junior Kennedy. She chose to try tobagganing, tubing, and snowshoeing for her adventure.

Summer had experienced snowshoeing all winter with her sister, but she said tobagganing and tubing were her favorites. “Today was so fun. I was like, laughing. Especially because of the bumps. I went up and down, up and down,” she said.

The girls added to their adventure by making snow angels.

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.

Troop 60185: Golden Ticket Winner

Submitted by Kara Hlavnicka

Metro Denver

Denver

We were so excited to find a Golden Ticket inside a case of Do-si-dos at the North JeffCo Cupboard. We thought we were done selling, but had a few more orders to fill!! We are Cadette Troop 60185 from the Bear Creek Service Unit

We will put the Golden Ticket $100 in troop proceeds to great use! We love feeding families at the Ronald McDonald House Denver and want to plan a fun adventure together!

Troop Goal: 4,000+

Hometown Hero: Nurse’s at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Girl Scout troops statewide have found golden, silver, and bronze tickets in cases of cookies that they picked up at area cupboards since the beginning of March! More tickets are out there. Check your cases of cookies if you pick up an extra case or two this weekend for last minute orders or when you pick up your Hometown Hero cookies. Learn more here.