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Gold Award Girl Scout: Opal Mosbarger, Peyton, “Kennel Care Connection”


What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed the issue of animal displacement during emergency situations. I collected 15 kennels and blankets and gave them to a trusted organization, so that when a person needs a kennel for an emergency situation, the person can go to the organization and get a kennel to keep their pets safe. My project majorly focused on disaster relief.

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

I measured the impact my Gold Award project had on my audience by viewing how many visitors my website had. My website has most of my information and when people view it, I know my project is being understood. I also measured my project through collecting kennels, discussing my project, and making sure my project is understood and used.

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

My project is sustainable beyond my involvement by the organization (Perfect Fit Wellness Center) that I trusted to help distribute and store the kennels. By getting this organization help, this will help people who live in the local area continue to get kennels; and since Perfect Fit Wellness Center is helping, I will not need to be so involved. My website will also help my project keep going into the future as it will be a good source of information and will not need my constant attention.

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

My project’s global connection is my website. The website is intended to reach people globally and help people understand and use my project. The website also has a blog page intended to help other Girl Scouts understand the Gold Award. The website is intended to keep going for as long as possible, and reach as many people as I can.

What did you learn about yourself?

Through the Gold Award, I learned many things about myself. I learned that I am strong, determined, a problem solver, and a great advocate for change in my community. I learned that I can continue even when times are difficult. I am determined enough to continue and work through my problems. I also learned that when things do not go my way, I can be a problem solver and come up with a better idea. Now that I am done with the project, I learned that I am a very good advocate for change and can help shape the community for the better.

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

Earning my Gold Award will impact me in the future because it will help me get jobs, a career, and college opportunities. The Gold Award will help me stand out from other people when applying for jobs and colleges. It also helped me learn to be better determined and use my learned leadership skills.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it helped me wrap up my time as a Girl Scout and was a high note to end on as a Girl Scout. It was important because it allowed me to use all my years of experience to create one large project based on my past experiences and use everything I had learned.

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 a G.I.R.L because it really pushed me to become better, use my experience, and become a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader. I became a go-getter through my project by becoming inspired to help the community and really wanting to achieve this award. My advisor also helped me become inspired and go forward, collecting kennels and reaching out to people. When kennels would not work, or people did not respond to me, I became an innovator to come up with a new idea. I was a risk-taker doing this project, it was such a large project it took confidence and some riskiness to actually do it. To become a leader, I had to delegate my team, and take responsibilities I usually would not. I had to delegate my team, take charge, set goals and dates and become the leader I had the potential to be.

**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.

Colorado wildfires – how you can help


When disaster strikes Girl Scouts want to reach out and make a difference to those affected and the current situation with wildfires in Colorado is no different. Your Girl Scout or troop may want to start a clothing or food drive, but that may not be what most people need. In fact, relief workers have said the time it takes to accept, sort through, and distribute all that stuff often gets in the way of the most important relief efforts.

We encourage you to instead consider making a gift to an organization helping with disaster relief. GSUSA has lifted the fundraising restriction to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scout recovery efforts at Girl Scouts of Colorado.

GSCO understands that many are already stretched thin, emotionally and financially due to the pandemic and are unable to contribute finically. But you can still help! Girl Scouts can send letters of thanks and support to firefighters and first responders working to combat the fires. You can mail cards for Girl Scouts affected by the fires to our Northern Colorado office, 2725 Rocky Mountain Ave., Suite 420, Loveland, CO 80538, and we will make sure they get to troops in the area. You can also post banners or signs at your home and/or on your social media networks.

Though it’s not safe for community volunteer projects related to the fire yet, United Way will post volunteer opportunities online at www.NoCoVolunteers.org when they do become available.

GSUSA has also produced a Disaster Response Booklet for Girl Scouts and troops.

Below is a list of some organizations you can make monetary donations to

The United Way has also started a page and a donation Amazon list




  • The Ranch Events Center is accepting donations of grass hay to help with large animal shelter. Call Maggie Steely at 970-619-4009 first to donate.


  • Volunteers of America: To donate to Volunteers of America, which has been helping with pre-evacuation calls for the Cameron Peak Fire, visit voa.org.




GSUSA allows girls to raise funds to help Girl Scout sisters affected by hurricanes

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Many Girl Scouts and troops have been asking how they can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

When girls have experienced natural disasters like these and are surrounded by recovery efforts, participating in Girl Scouts can be one way to help them, and their families, feel some sense of normalcy.

That’s why GSUSA, with the strong support of the National Board, is lifting fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts at the four impacted councils: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and Girl Scouts of Louisiana–Pines to the Gulf.

Fundraising efforts will be undertaken with the sole intention of providing membership scholarships to impacted girls. Such scholarships are typically defined as dues, uniforms, credentials (e.g., insignia worn on uniforms), and Girl Scout materials. To contribute to this effort, please go to www.girlscouts.org/hurricaneharvey or text HurricaneHarvey to 41444. You can give to the fund for all four councils, which GSUSA will distribute based on their need, as defined by impacted membership, or you can choose a specific council.

The impacted councils remain so grateful for the outpouring of support. However, please note that these councils continue to ask for time to assess and focus on their specific needs and to get back up and running during this critical time. Although material donations and troop offers of assistance have been greatly appreciated, as you can imagine, the councils are not currently in a position to process and organize them.

Stay tuned for more information from GSUSA and councils on how Girl Scouts can support other Girl Scouts during this time, for example by teaming up on projects that troops in these areas are carrying out to support recovery efforts in their communities. GSUSA will be sending out an Action Guide on Disaster Relief early next week.

And sadly, while we are working to support our members and their families whom Harvey has negatively impacted, we are also monitoring Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose behind it for possible impact on our members.

It’s been an incredibly challenging time for many people in the affected areas, and Girl Scouts have displayed tremendous courage, confidence, and character during such a trying time. It’s been heartening to see so many in our Movement come together to help the affected communities in their time of need.

Harvey Relief Guide 9-11-17