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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Tara Butler, Denver, “Seniors Connect!”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

To the senior citizens in my community, and communities around the world, the idea of technology and understanding how it works is a little harder to come by. With the invention of smartphones came the idea of making everything extremely accessible and extremely easy to use. However, if someone is struggling with adapting to the new technology and the pace of it, a smartphone is going to be frustrating and harder to use, and one would need help. The primary issue that my project addressed was that senior citizens tend to need more help with their smartphone technology to make their lives easier. I created a course and curriculum specifically for senior citizens meant to educate them on how to use their smartphone technology and gain a better understanding for it.

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

I created surveys and handed them out at the end of each session, and had the seniors write down their opinions and exactly how much information they were retaining. The seniors would respond on the surveys with ways that I could improve each session and what they really wanted to learn as well. I used their feedback to adjust the curriculum and to prepare for the next class!

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

I have passed on copies of my curriculum and a flyer with information on what my project was to the senior rec center that I completed my project at! They plan to have it available for senior citizens to use at their leisure.

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

I have created a website that displays what my project was and includes the curriculum and surveys. The website can be found at https://taraseniorsconnect.wixsite.com/goldaward. The website contains all the information about my Gold Award project, including the curriculum I created and used, along with all the surveys and resources as well.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I was not as well developed in the skills I thought I was, which allowed me to develop my leadership skills deeper. I learned to be flexible and how important it is to understand flexibility and that it’s an important skill to have. I also learned the skill of patience, and how important it is to have patience in everything one does. I also learned to be quick on my feet when solving issues, because I had to do that frequently throughout because not everything goes exactly as you hope!

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

The skills I developed throughout the course of my Gold Award will impact my future career. I am pursuing degrees in Business Management and Technical Theatre, both which require intense organization skills and I attribute my ease at organization in part to my Gold Award. The skills I learned from doing my Gold Award allowed me to receive a scholarship at my college, and if I hadn’t been awarded the scholarship, I would not be able to attend where I do.

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

It really brought together the last 11 years of Girl Scouts and what it was all about. It allowed me to grow as a person into someone who is strong, independent, and ready to take on the world and change it. My Gold Award allowed me to become someone I never imagined I would be when I first started Girl Scouts as a Brownie. My Gold Award prepared me for the real world, as I use the skills I developed every day.

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

Earning my Gold Award forced me to take risks. I had to do a lot of reaching out to others and that tends to be hard for me because I’m a relatively shy person when I don’t know people. As a young girl, I was very quiet and shy, and struggled with eye contact when conversing. Because I was forced to take these risks of talking to people I didn’t know throughout my Gold Award, I now converse with ease and make eye contact naturally, as it’s not something I fear anymore because I took those initial risks.

**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

Save the Date: Packing for Impact returns this fall

Project C.U.R.E.’s Packing for Impact is back! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 for this year’s event, which will be held at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver. Troops will have the opportunity to gather medical supplies to donate and we’ll have some fun, new activities. Participating Girl Scouts will get a patch this year with a new, fun design.

We’re also looking for older Girl Scouts to help plan activity tables for the event. This is an ideal service project for Cadettes and older or for Program Aide internships. Help us plan a great event!

Registration information is coming soon. For information on when registration opens, to help plan activities, or help the day of the event, please contact GSCO Community Partnerships Manager Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Day with DU Women’s Soccer

Join us for Girl Scout Day with DU Women’s Soccer on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on North Dakota State. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited! The game will start at noon and will be held at the University of Denver Athletic Fields.

Cost is $7/person. Purchase tickets at https://goo.gl/Rch9vQ using the promo code GIRLSCOUT. A portion of ticket sales is donated back to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Questions? Please contact Trent Dunn at 303-871-3682.

We hope to see you there!

Girl Scout Night with DU Women’s Volleyball

Girl Scouts are invited to Girl Scout Night with DU Women’s Volleyball on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017! Come cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Oral Roberts University. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are welcome. The match starts at 7 p.m.

Cost is $9/person. Tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Rch9vQ with promo code GIRLSCOUT. A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Girl Scouts attending will get a fun event patch.

Questions? Please contact Trent Dunn at 303-871-3682.

We hope to see you there!

Wilderness film screening at REI

Submitted by Brian Leitten

Metro Denver

Denver

REI is having an in-store movie night on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. and Girl Scouts are invited!  Shannon St. George, a Girl Scout from Cincinnati, Ohio, produced “Expedition Alaska” while she was in college.

“Expedition Alaska” is a 74-minute film that follows adventure racing teams on a seven-day, non-stop endurance race that took place through the Alaskan wilderness. The documentary follows 20 teams of four in a 350-mile competition as they mountain bike through the sharp peaks of the Kenai Peninsula, traverse mountain ranges and crevasse filled glaciers, and paddle countless life-threatening rivers and rapids.

The documentary is a project from the Production Master Class at the University of Cincinnati. The class focuses on experiential learning in documentary film production. Students traveled to Alaska to work with alumni, teachers, and professionals while braving the Alaskan wilderness alongside the racers. They faced many of the same challenges as the racers and still managed to capture some of the most compelling footage of adventure racing ever seen. Besides Shannon, the crew also had a Life Scout and Eagle Scout from BSA.

To purchase tickets please visit: https://www.alumni.uc.edu/ExpeditionAlaska?erid=14525820&trid=bcb93550-2d43-468b-841f-6b6b3f8ea0d9

$13 for adults, $8 for Girl Scouts. Proceeds go to supporting the Production Master Class and their future films.

After the screening, join the film director, Brian J. Leitten, for a Q&A with racers and crew.

Energy Day Colorado offers troops the chance to showcase STEM projects

We’re looking for troops and Girl Scouts who can share STEM projects for Energy Day Colorado on Sept. 23, 2017. GSCO is hosting a booth and we have an opportunity to showcase the great STEM work our girls have done. All Girl Scouts, who have a great STEM project they want to share, are invited to participate. Come share your great work and enjoy the festival!

Energy Day Colorado is planned for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Denver at East High School. This new family festival features hands on science, technology, innovation, and conservation activities. The festival is new to Denver, but has been a popular activity in Houston the past few years with thousands of families enjoying the event. It’s a great opportunity for girls to explore different STEM activities and learn about STEM careers. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to this community event. Come enjoy music, food, games, and prizes.

Energy Day Colorado is hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance in partnership with local energy organizations. To share your troop’s STEM project at our GSCO booth, please contact Amanda Eckert at amanda.eckert@gscolorado.org. For more information about the festival, please check www.energydayfestival.org or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2GpXPFv6rw.

Girl Scouts to celebrate 20th anniversary of Women of Distinction in Denver

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in celebrating “20 years of Amazing Women” by honoring all the Women of Distinction of the Denver-metro region. This year’s Event Chairs are Maria Garcia Berry, Woman of Distinction ’97; Jean Galloway, Woman of Distinction ’97; and Arlene Hirschfeld, Woman of Distinction ’97.

Since the Women of Distinction program began in 1997, Girl Scouts of Colorado has honored 426 top women leaders in our community based on their remarkable achievements as business, community, and civic leaders. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, seven incredible women leaders are being recognized for their significant and positive impact on their communities and for their dedication to making the world a better place. These Women of Distinction were voted by a group of their peers, and will receive an award in the following category at the 2017 Thin Mint Dinner:

  • Advocacy for Youth – Elaine Gantz Berman ’02, Former Member, State Board of Education
  • Progressive Community Leader – Juana Bordas ’03, President, Mestiza Leadership International
  • Accomplished Philanthropist – Arlene Hirschfeld ’97, Community Volunteer
  • Dedication to Girl Scouts – Jean C. Jones ’07, Former CEO, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council
  • Lifetime Achievement – LaRae Orullian ’97, Retired National President, Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Advocate for Women & Girls – Jill S. Tietjen ’97, P.E., President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
  • Commitment to Public Service – Hon. Elbra M. Wedgeworth ’04, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Denver Health

The Thin Mint Dinner is October 19, 2017 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center from 5:30 to 8: 30 p.m. The event includes Thin Mint Cocktails and dessert made with Thin Mints, three-course meal, and event program.

Thank you to our 20th Anniversary Thin Mint Dinner Bronze Presenting Sponsor, CoBiz Financial.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/woddenver or contact Heidi Books at 303-607-4833 or at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

 

Older Girl Scouts are invited to Regis’ Cyber Girlz Summit

Regis University’s College of Computer and Information Sciences invites all Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to the Cyber Girlz Summit on Sept. 23, 2017.

What is Cyber Girlz? The Cyber Girlz Summit is the first effort in a long-term commitment to include outreach efforts that are targeted toward young middle school and high school women, inspiring them to engage in the exciting fields of Computer Science and Cybersecurity.

How does it work? Through the use of female role-model mentors, table top conversations, and small group activities, young girls participating in the program are offered the chance to learn thrilling computer skills, as well as gaining knowledge from leading women in the field of Computer Science and Cybersecurity.

When is it? September 23, 2017 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mountain View Room Regis University 3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver CO 80221 *Registration is free but space is limited. Please register at www.regonline.com/cybergirlz2017

Questions? Please contact GSCO Community Partnerships Manager Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolroado.org.

Become a part of the movement. Help us inspire the next generation of Cybersecurity leaders today!

Colorado Rapids Scout Sleepover

Join us for the Colorado Rapids Scout Sleepover on Sept. 30, 2017! Cheer on the Rapids as they take on the Montreal Impact. Stay for the Scout Sleepover after the game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Field in Commerce City. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. The game starts at 7 p.m. with the sleepover following the game, including a movie and breakfast served in the morning.

The cost is $35/person for a seat in the south endline section. A portion from each ticket will go back to Girl Scouts of Colorado. Ticket includes admission to the Rapids game and sleepover. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.rapidstix.com/sleepovergs .
Please contact Andrea Garza with the Colorado Rapids at Andrea.Garza@TeamKSE.com or (303) 727-3724 with questions and orders of 20 or more.

We hope to see you there!

Learn golf skills and earn a new badge

We have an exciting opportunity for Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors to learn golf skills and earn athlete badges with the Colorado Women’s Golf Association. CWGA will host two Brownie “Fair Play” badge workshops and two Junior “Practice with a Purpose” workshops at City Park Golf Course in Denver. Learn golf basics and earn your badge requirements!

The Brownie “Fair Play” badge workshop is Saturday, August 26 or Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 8:45-11:30 a.m. Cost is $15/girl and you can register at the following links for each date. You choose the session that works best for your Girl Scout.

August 26 – https://goo.gl/VoRkxJ

August 27 – https://goo.gl/pnXcFn

Space is limited to 20 girls per session, so sign up soon to reserve your girl’s spot.

The Junior “Practice with Purpose” badge workshops are Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost is also $15/girl and you can register at the following sites:

Sept. 9 – https://goo.gl/4Q7qjL
Sept. 10 – https://goo.gl/3Vjt5t

These sessions are limited to 20 girls per session and open to Junior Girl Scouts only.

All activities are hosted by CWGA instructors and staff. Troop leaders and parents please plan to attend to maintain GSCO safety requirements. Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.