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Gold Award Girl Scouts impact Colorado communities and beyond

Twelve Girl Scouts from across Colorado have earned the distinction of Gold Award Girl Scout, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, after completing Take Action projects benefiting their local communities and those around the world.

  • Brittany Argo from Aurora, Cherokee Trail High School, built a prayer garden at St. Michael’s the Archangel and aided in the construction of a prayer garden at a church in the Philippines.
  • Evyn Batie from Loveland, Mountain View High School, led a team of students to create the Northern Colorado Student Mental Health Resource Guide, an electronic compilation of some of the best youth mental health resources across the region.
  • Bryce Civiello from Evergreen, Conifer High School, designed a pamphlet for teens that can help them take the first steps toward getting help from a mental health professional.
  • Angela Foote from Centennial, Arapahoe High School, developed a relationship between the organizations Family Promise of Denver and Denver Tech for All to ensure low-resource students and families have ongoing access to computers.
  • Madeline Ford from Englewood, Cherry Creek High School, partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to create a five-session literacy program, which promotes a positive reading environment and teaches children new ways to express themselves through books and poetry.
  • Littlepage Green from Breckenridge, Summit High School, created a lesson plan and video to educate students about food allergies. In-person lessons also included training on how to properly use an epi-pen.
  • Maya Hegde from Englewood, Cherry Creek High School, partnered with the Mangala Seva Orphanage in India and Brydges Centre in Kenya to teach girls how to make reusable sanitary pads using materials they already have. The program she developed also taught the girls how to sell sanitary pads in their own communities to tackle the stigma around the menstrual cycle.
  • Grace Matsey from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista High School, created a music tutoring program for elementary and middle school musicians, which was run by members of her high school’s Music Honor Society.
  • Annarlene Nikolaus from Colorado Springs, Discovery Canyon High School, oversaw the construction of a series of buddy benches for local K-12 public schools. Students also participated in age-appropriate lessons led by Annarlene about buddy benches and what they can do to be better friends.
  • Bailey Stokes from Buena Vista, Buena Vista High School, created outdoor-based lesson plans for the use of fourth grade science teachers across Colorado. Topics covered included investigations, habitat, and adaptations.
  • Emma Lily from Longmont, Silver Creek High School, designed a website, created a podcast, and wrote a children’s book celebrating the Longmont Sugar Beet Factory and its historical significance.
  • Katherine Walden from Larkspur, Castle View High School, taught elementary school students about the importance of bees and how to install bee boxes that local bee species and other pollinators can call home.

Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. The Gold Award project involves seven steps: 1. Identify an issue, 2. Investigate it thoroughly, 3. Get help and build a team, 4. Create a plan, 5. Present the plan and gather feedback, 6. Take action, 7. Educate and inspire. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Stephanie Foote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership is making the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Bryce Civiello, Evergreen, “Teen Health and Wellness Resource Card”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a relatable resource for teens that can help them take the first steps towards getting help from a professional. I vetted all the websites that I chose as resources with a pediatrician to make sure they had the correct information for teens. I then placed my cards in high school counseling departments, pediatrician offices, and a Mental Health Center of Denver.

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

By doing a survey with people from my target audience, I was able to measure the necessity of this information. With the survey data, I was able to present the data as evidence as to why this card was important to have as a resource.

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

My project is sustainable because I gave a digital copy of my card to all the places I chose. They also all have in-house printing services so that they can always make copies to continue giving out to teens in need.

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

My national connection is the organization the places I chose belong to. The pediatricians that I contracted with want to bring my card to the national and international conferences they attend. My cards will also be distributed throughout all Mental Health Centers of Denver.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am good at leading a team, however I need to work on creating more concise timelines for projects.

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

It will let my future employers know that I am a motivated and ambitious employee. I will always be able to reference the steps I had for this project for any future work or personal project.

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

I feel that the Gold Award is a perfect ending to everything I learned in my 14 years of Girl Scouting. It is also a good starting point for college and starting my professional career.

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

I feel that I am a risk-taker because of the fragility of my chosen topic. Mental health has a fog of stigma and taboo around it. I decided to brave those stigmas to start on a pathway to normalizing mental health and mental health awareness for people my age.

**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

Art opportunity in Evergreen

Submitted by Stephanie O’Malley

Metro Denver


I work for Center for the Arts Evergreen. Right now, we are hosting the Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Show, a national tour, in our gallery. We are inviting Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie troops to come and have a tour and participate in an art activity at NO COST!

To schedule your tour and activity, call (303) 674 – 0056  or email: education@evergreenarts.org. 

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

My Promise, My Faith workshop

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver


Girl Scouts are invited to earn their My Promise, My Faith pin with Congregation Beth Evergreen on Girl Scout Shabbat! We’ll walk you through the five steps of My Promise, My Faith with relation to Judaism, but you don’t have to be Jewish to participate or even earn the pin. You’re invited to join us for dinner beforehand and at our concert-like musical Shabbat experience afterward, but neither are necessary to earn the award. All participants will receive a special Girl Scout Shabbat patch. We look forward to having you!

The event is on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8a729abfb6-mypromise.

Congregation Beth Evergreen is located at 2981 Bergen Peak Drive in Evergreen.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Girl Scout Cookies: A poem

Submitted by Claire and Stella

Metro Denver


Eight Girl Scout Cookies can be found this season –
Discover them all, here are a few great reasons.
Thin Mints are certainly our most popular every year,
They are vegan, crisp,  and chocolatey to make you cheer!
Are you a gigantic peanut butter fan?
Then, the crunchy Do-Si-Dos is definitely your brand.
If rich caramel and coconut flavors fill you with delight,
The striped Samoas will satisfy you with each chewy bite.
Perhaps, you prefer something that is classic and simple instead?
Trefoils are the cookies that taste like traditional shortbread.
How about a peanut butter layer with rich chocolate too?
Then, the popular Tagalong is the one for you.
If sipping afternoon tea describes your style
Pair it with a lemony Savannah Smile.
Are you outdoorsy and a marshmallow-roasting lover?
Then, the new S’mores cookie is one you must discover!
If gluten is really not your thing,
These Toffee-tastics will make you sing.
Most of these cost $4 a box;
$20 gets you FIVE – and that really rocks!
If you don’t want cookies or are watching your weight-
Donate to our Hometown Heroes to participate.
Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for a hundred years plus-
Thank you for supporting our program and adventurous girls like us!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Evergreen girl saves duck during Silver Award project

Submitted by Ania LaDow

Evergreen, Colorado

Mountain Communities

The most rewarding and most memorable aspect of my Silver Award project was saving a wild duck that was tangled up in a fishing line. My dad and I were walking on a trail around Buchanan ponds picking up litter and trash. We heard water splashing around and a few quacks. As my dad and I got closer, we noticed there was a duck stuck in fishing line. The thin and barley visible line was tied around the duck’s neck and the duck couldn’t get it off. Its feet were also tied up and the duck couldn’t escape. The duck was so desperate for help that it didn’t even squirm when my dad picked him up to untie the strings. My dad got into the water and untangled the line around both its neck and feet.

After the duck swam off, I removed the string from the water to prevent this from happening again. This was a very successful and rewarding time in my project because it showed why I am doing my project. Though it was very sad to see that duck stuck and in pain, I am glad I saw this because I saw the direct impact of my project in helping animals and the environment.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award


Congratulations to Morgan Hays, a Girl Scout from Evergreen! Morgan, who is also a Gold Award recipient, has now been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program that honors youth volunteers nationwide for outstanding volunteer service. Morgan earned her Gold Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, in 2014.

The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), grants Certificates of Excellence to the top 10 percent of all applicants in each state and the District of Columbia. Here is a copy of the essay Morgan wrote:

“In 2014, I was one of only 39 girls in the state of Colorado to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.  I built an outdoor classroom complete with amphitheater seating and waterproof display cases that teaches Geology to 6th graders.  I came up with my idea when I was at the Mt. Evans Outdoor Lab School in Jefferson County.  The principal said that the school was lacking an adequate classroom setting to teach students about the Geosphere (rocks and soil) part of the curriculum. I love science and wanted to help.  I decided that an outdoor classroom at Base Camp Geosphere was the perfect project to design, build and complete for my Gold Award.  Being a girl scout for over 10 years I realized that this would be an outstanding way to give back to the community. My plan required material donations and 100 hours of volunteer help.  Today, this classroom serves over 3,000 middle school children in Jefferson County every year.  I have even had the chance to go back and teach Geology in my classroom. It is very satisfying to see how my project has a positive impact on students from across the county.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

“Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these remarkable young volunteers,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “By shining a spotlight on the difference they’ve made in their communities, we hope others are inspired to volunteer, too.”

“These students have not only improved their communities through their exemplary volunteer service, but also set a fine example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Each of their stories is proof of the impact one young person can have when they decide to make a difference.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red

Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates.  These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting Certificates of Excellence, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

Girl Scouts has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve 25,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult volunteers! Learn more how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing  inquiry@gscolorado.org.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.  For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Morgan Hays, Evergreen, “Base Camp Geosphere”


Morgan Hays

Morgan Hays
Evergreen Senior High School
Base Camp Geosphere

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I completed my project at Mt. Evans Outdoor Lab School in Jefferson County when it was brought to my attention that the school was lacking a classroom for the geosphere (rocks and soil) part of the curriculum. After my initial evaluation, I decided that building an outdoor classroom at Base Camp Geosphere was the perfect project to complete and submit for consideration to attain my Girl Scout Gold Award. Base Camp Geosphere is the first learning step in the journey of geology and hike through time, therefore, I decided the best way to present all of the information and solve the problem was to create an outdoor classroom. The classroom now serves 3,000+ students a year.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued my Gold Award because I felt that it was important to make a difference and to have a goal of what that difference would be and how it would help others.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Project helped teach 6th graders about the geologic world around them and is helping them better understand what is going on in the rocks outside of their town.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained the skills of patience, leadership, organization and perseverance.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the fact that my classroom gets used by an immense amount of middle schoolers each year. I will also remember my love for outdoor lab and the new memories I got to add to my collection.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My main goal is to get into the Coast Guard Academy or the Naval Academy. This project helps greatly because I now have a leg up on the competition and it shows great commitment. It will also help when I am getting a job later because of all the wonderful qualities and people who are produced from the completion of this project.

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

The Gold Award is incredibly important. From the time you are a Girl Scout Daisy to the time you are about to start your project, Girl Scouts is teaching you the necessary skills for the successful completion of the Gold Award. Once you complete your project you see how now instead of you looking up to your leaders, they are now looking up to you.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Katie Maes, Evergreen, “Mercantile Music”

Katie Maes, senior yearbook

Katie Maes
Evergreen High School
Mercantile Music

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I made a CD of old hymns and folk songs for the Hiwan Homestead Museum. The staff has been wanting to add something to the Mercantile Store, so that’s how I helped. They want the tours to feel in the time of the Homestead. They wanted more than just a look and see feel for the museum, they also wanted a multi-sensory idea; I wanted to focus on the hearing sense. What I did was record some songs, put them into a computer software where I could put all the songs together into one long recording, and changed the sound of the music. I also made a bookmark listing the songs I recorded for the Homestead staff to keep and hand out during tours.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I’ve been in Girl Scouts for thirteen years, and I have earned my Bronze and Silver Awards, I wanted to go all the way and earn everything I can in Girl Scouts. Plus my mother really wanted me to earn it.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

The staff has already incorporated the CD in with their tours, along with the bookmarks. After I print a bunch of them, I’ll copy the document over to the Homestead staff for them to keep and make more if needed. Andy Spencer says, “Katie’s contribution is massive. The original music brings a whole new dimension to our programming and the authentic sounds and songs transport our visitors back in time. It allows everyone to better connect with history and therefore be better informed as to the ever growing need to preserve our historical assets and memories.”

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned how to use a recording device, how to use a soundboard, and how to put all the recordings into one long CD on the computer.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember most is how much I wanted to give up because I started it too late and ran out of time to do everything. But in the end, I got everything done and it turned out really well.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

It will be something interesting and unique to have on my resume when I apply for colleges and future jobs.

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

The Gold Award is an important part of Girl Scouts, because its the same as a Boy Scout getting their Eagle Scout- its the highest and best thing you can do, we grow up in scouting, we might as well go all the way, plus we make a difference in the world.

Because of Girl Scout Camp … part 6

This week’s “Because of Girl Scout Camp” Entry is from Ash, who is our Art Program Director at Magic Sky Ranch! Sometimes it’s hard to tell who gets more out of camp…the campers or the staff and volunteers!

Cliff Lake 

As we came over that final dirt covered hill, our excitement began to build. I hadn’t been back to the crystal blue Cliff Lake in a whole year, and the anticipation was killing me. I was a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) at Magic Sky Ranch the summer before my junior year in high school. My unit was filled with girls who loved camping and nature, so I was excited to show them the lake. I hoped that the graham cracker beaches hadn’t changed, and that I could still stick my feet in the pockets of warmth hidden in the sand.

Thankfully it was as beautiful as I could remember. Its stone cold cliff raised high above the lake and left a stunning reflection on the surface of the water. It dwarfed the evergreen trees standing next to it like an army of soldiers preparing to protect their peace of utopia. I knew I was back, and I never wanted to leave again. We walked along it perfect shore until we came to a water-stained bridge that seemed as if it had been there since the beginning of time. It looked as if it was made of the same wood that protected the lake from all the elements, unfortunately the army of evergreens did not protect its wooden counterpart. We had to go across one-by-one in fear that the bridge might break loose of its screws and fall into the flawless water below. Once every girl had crossed the lake safely, we continued on a small






that lead to the bronzed beaches I had longed for. We hopped across the limestone boulders to the center of the lake where the counselors and I pulled out the art supplies so the girls could draw whatever they desired in this slice of perfection. They dumped out the crayola crayons, and unexpectedly they rolled into the lake. Flashes of candy apple red, periwinkle, granny smith apple, and other crazily named crayons reflected in the water stained sand below. I knew that it would be my job to retrieve them. That was our jobs as CIT’s, we needed to protect out girls, and I wanted to make sure that none of their first memories of Cliff Lake were bad. I removed my digital watch, and thrust my hand into the sparkling water. A frosty chill crept up my arm, and a shiver ran through my body. The crayons were a great deal deeper then I thought they would be. It felt like it would take me an eternity to fetch the crayons from the bottom of the flawless lake.I thrust my hand deeper,


        and deeper,


                                                                    and deeper into the water until I felt my fingers wrap around the crayons. I jerked my hand up in a sharp, speedy movement until I could no longer feel the stabbing chill of the icy water against my arm. I opened my hand and the brown sand leaked from my palm as if it had never belonged there in the first place, leaving only the crazily named crayons behind. I put the crayons back in the box and closed it up while I instructed the girls to only take one crayon out of the box at a time. I hopped backed to the beaches, took my shoes off and plunged my feet into the sunburned sand I had longed for. The pocket of warmth heated my toes up to a toasty temperature. I sat basking in the warmth of my personal slice of perfection, dreaming of other moments in time as perfect as this one.