After a long process, Lorelai and Alexis of Troop 74087 were finally able to finish their Silver Award project! They added another Little Library, including a bench, to the Berthoud community. When asked why this project, their answer was, “We care about the kids in the community and want them to have books available to read that were easy to access when the library wasn’t open.”
The process started with a class offered by GE Johnson in Colorado Springs. The girls built a bench and cabinet with the help of the company employees. GE Johnson drew three troop numbers to determine who got the benches. Their troop was selected to take the bench home and install it in the community. The challenge of finding the perfect location took the longest. These girls learned about the construction of the library and bench, as well as how to work as a team. They also learned great communication skills through the process. This project was long and hard but worth the success in the end.
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Update as of September 15, 2020: Registration for this event has ended. We have reached capacity.
GSCO and GE Johnson are excited to invite Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors to participate in our at-home, virtual “Build Like a Girl – Careers in Construction Day” on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 a.m. – noon. Girls are invited to pick up supply kits to build their own bee house prior to the program date and join a live session on September 26 to learn how to build the habitat directly from GE Johnson employees. Supply pick-up is September 21-25 at various locations available. Girls will also get to learn from an animal expert at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo about pollinators and their habitats, and participate in the virtual tour of the new hippo and penguin exhibit recently built by GE Johnson Construction.
Registration will close September 17 OR when the program reaches capacity.
Supply kits will be available to pick up at the locations below the week of September 21-25 OR participants are welcome to get their own supplies using the list provided. Detailed instructions regarding supply pick-ups will be provided closer to the program date. You must select your supply pick-up location upon registration.
Included with supply kits will be “Build Like a Girl” patches and T-shirts for Girl Scouts. Patches will be mailed to all girl participants after the program date. There is a $15 program fee for supply kits. Girl Scouts who are gathering their own supplies will be charged an $8 program fee and will receive their patches and T-shirts in the mail.
Supply pick-up locations:
GEJ Colorado Springs Office, 25 N. Cascade Ave., Suite 400, 80903
Vail Health, 181 W. Meadow Dr., Vail 81657
Cherry Creek – 240 St Paul St., Denver 80206
GEJ Greenwood Village Office: 5613 DTC Parkway, Suite 450, 80111
GE Johnson Construction Company hosted “Build Like a Girl: Careers in Construction” for Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors in Colorado Springs on Saturday, September 28, 2019! Girls learned about construction careers; how to work as a team and use power tools to build a community library book stand; about project management and sustainability; and participated in a behind-the-scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum. Cadettes worked on requirements for the “Woodworker” badge and Seniors worked on requirements for the “Social Innovation” badge. Girl Scouts also received a special event patch.
This event supported Girl Scouts’ STEM initiative and gave girls hands-on project experience with the opportunity to hear about a variety of careers in the construction industry. Thank you GE Johnson for once again hosting this great event!
Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with GE Johnson Construction Company in Colorado Springs to have Careers in Construction day on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Held at GE Johnson’s logistics site, 68 Girl Scouts were treated by staff of the construction company, who volunteered for the day to help the girls. Girls came from all over the state to learn some basic understanding of construction (such needing math skills to know how much materials cost and how much to purchase), as well as get hands-on experience with power and hand tools. Girl Scouts donned pink hard-hats, work gloves, and safety glasses, all requirements to participate.
The girls built Little Libraries, which were then raffled off to the troops that were represented at the event. These were not just any Little Libraries. The ones the girls built included a six-foot-long reading bench with a book box that could hold at least a dozen books and a flower planter on top! The Little Libraries will be installed by the girls and their troops in their communities.
After spending the morning building their Little Libraries, the staff at GE Johnson took the Girl Scouts on an exclusive tour of a very important project in Colorado Springs, the Olympic Museum. It was a great opportunity for the girls to see how the structure was being built and understand why certain features were added to the building. GE Johnson also provided time for the girls to see big vehicles used in the construction trades, including a very cool robotic “tamper” that girls took turns operating.
Stella Hodgkins, Project Manager at GE Johnson, said she was thrilled to put the project together because there are so many opportunities for girls in construction that she wanted to highlight. It is her hope that some girls would seriously consider construction skills trades as a vocation.
The overwhelming response to the day was positive – girls were tired and felt rewarded. Some commented they never would have tried a power drill or other power tools if it hadn’t been for this event. Others were surprised at how much math they had to know. The adults and parents attending were very impressed by the thoroughness of the lessons taught that day, and the opportunities it gave the girls.
Girl Scouts of Colorado gives a huge shout-out to GE Johnson for the awesome day they gave girls!
Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to Careers in Construction Day hosted by GE Johnson on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Colorado Springs. Construction Day covers a broad range of construction careers from building to project management to sustainability and more! Come learn from GE Johnson’s experts. Try your hand at building and make a little free library you can place in your neighborhood. Cadettes can earn requirements towards the “Woodworking” badge. The GE Johnson team will also host a behind-the-scenes construction tour of the U.S. Olympic Museum.
Cost is $10/ Girl Scout Cadette/Senior. Registration can be found at https://goo.gl/9Y4evs and the registration deadline is September 14. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Girls will want to bring a sack lunch and refillable water bottle and wear closed toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops, please). The event will be hosted at GE Johnson’s Logistics Facility in Colorado Springs and the U.S. Olympic Museum construction site. Participants will need transportation from GE Johnson’s Logistics Facility to the US Olympic Museum.