I have a troop on the Western Slope. My Juniors did their Bronze Award last year contributing to one of the largest pet adoption fairs held in the Glenwood Springs area. Helping pets is a huge passion for my girls.
Last week, my family adopted from a rescue in Denver which rescues from high kill shelters in other states. We picked up our new baby and we were met with a wonderful surprise, a gifted blanket from a Girl Scout troop in Denver.
I just wanted to tell you girls “Thank You!!” Keep up the good work, such a very special gift.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce the dates for the 2020 Highest Awards celebrations statewide.
Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.
Colorado Mesa University
Friday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Penrose House Garden Pavilion
Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.
Friday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.
Hyatt Regency DTC
Friday, May 15, 6 p.m.
These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year. All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold since March 2019 are invited to participate in a celebration of their choice.
Anyone planning to attend MUST RSVP online. The RSVP form will be made available on the GSCO events page in March 2020.
Gold Award Girl Scouts across the state will also be recognized at Gold Award Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 6. Each Gold Award Girl Scout is encouraged to participate in both regional celebrations, as well as Day at the Capitol.
I’d like to tell you about the amazing girls of the multi-level Troop 31920 in Pueblo, who earned their Bronze and Silver Awards. For Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the girls put together 80 care packages for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients for the Dorcy Cancer Center. The girls met with experts in the community and learned that many patients undergoing chemotherapy spend many hours at the hospital, so their care packages included scarves, mittens, caps, crossword puzzle books, peppermint tea, ginger candies, messages of hope, and more! The girls presented the care packages at the Runway of Hope Breast Cancer Gala and were touched by the stories of cancer warriors in our community.
The girls really dug deep and researched issues in their community and learned that the Dorcy Cancer Center diagnoses many patients with various cancers each week. They were go-getters and set up a meeting with the director of the center and asked all of their own questions and gathered information about their project. They created care packages that really will help cancer patients feel hopeful and supported by their community.
The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest achievements in Girl Scouts.
Highest Awards training is an awesome training to help girls, parents, and troop leaders through the Highest Awards process. Highest Awards training is for parents and leaders who are interested in learning the basics of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and how to get their girls on a path to a successful project.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the awards and get your girls ready to learn new leadership skills!
Join Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Giodone Library in Pueblo.
The end of the 2018-19 Girl Scout year is approaching!
Girl Scout Gold Award candidates, who graduated high school in 2019, have until September 30, 2019 to receive final approval for their award. After September 30, girls who graduated from high school in 2019 will be considered adult Girl Scout members and are no longer eligible to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
The Bronze Award is the highest achievement for Girl Scout Juniors and the Silver Award is the highest achievement for Girl Scout Cadettes. Through earning one of these Highest Awards, girls change their corner of the world and maybe even beyond. Through submitting online notification, you can order letters of recognition, certificates, and pins. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors and celebrates girls in a special way at our Highest Awards Celebrations in the spring. See photos from the 2019 celebrations: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums/72157677628860017
Junior Troop 60678 in Roxborough earned their Bronze Award by donating a “Spirit Rock” to Roxborough Intermediate School. The troop proposed the idea to the school’s PTA, determined an appropriate location on school grounds, and earned enough funds from selling Girl Scout Cookies to purchase the boulder from Pioneer Sand & Gravel.
The school will earn money for years to come by renting the rock for community messages and announcements. 100% of the money raised from the rock will go towards supplying the school with books, technology, and supplies.
2019 marks 15 years since Girl Scout Troop 60357 of Lakewood petitioned state lawmakers to designate the Yule Marble as the Official State Rock of Colorado. The girls embarked on the project to make Colorado the most geologically patriotic state in the union, with red, white, and blue geologic symbols (mineral: http://bit.ly/2HuK7P2, rock: http://bit.ly/2EmmZjW, and gemstone: http://bit.ly/2M1Ysqv). The project also enabled them to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor for fourth and fifth grade Girl Scouts.
Now, Girl Scout alumnae are reflecting on what the project meant to them and the impact Girl Scouts has had on their lives.
“Now, in 2019 looking back over the last 15 years, I realize that this project did more for me as an adult than I ever could have imagined.”
“It’s pretty awesome to say that I was part of a group of young, ambitious women that took on the seemingly impossible and succeeded.”
“The most important lesson I learned from all this hard work is you can achieve anything you put your mind to. A group of young girls with the help of a few very strong women were able to pass a bill into law in the state of Colorado. We weren’t experienced in the way governments work. We had no idea what we were doing. (The help we received from Senator Betty Boyd was incredible, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.)”
“I learned to be proud of my accomplishments. Our troop is going to be a part of Colorado’s history forever, and having that accomplishment, knowing that I was part of something great, gives me the courage to continue doing great things.”
“The Yule Marble Initiative gave me a sense of hope for my own life and for the lives of those around me. My 12-year-old self was bold enough to go in front of a room of politicians and tell them that ‘even the smallest citizen can have a voice,’ and what was amazing was that those intimidating politicians listened and also agreed with us. What an empowering feeling for a bunch of pre-teens! I try to carry that feeling with me throughout my life and let it be a reminder when I doubt myself or the world around me, that change is possible and even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant of us are capable of making great changes in the world around us. That gives me hope.”
“I like to use this event as an example when I am working with fourth and fifth graders who are just starting to want to make their marks on the world. I share with them that a group of kids just like them, from their own neighborhoods, were able to make such a large and lasting change in their community, and that if they see a need, they too can reach out and do something about it.”
“Yule marble has become so much more than our Bronze Award project, it laid the foundation for the kind of people we grew up to be, and the kind of power we all have to make a difference in our world. If a bunch of little girls can change their world and make it just a little bit better, imagine what the rest of us can do if we set our minds to it.”
Girl Scout Troop 62228 finished their Bronze Award project Mother’s Day weekend. The girls wanted to redecorate a kids play area. As the girls were researching places to redecorate, our girl Makenna mention a place she volunteered at on her days off of school called Foster Source. Foster Source is a free resource center for foster parents and foster kids. Prior to our girls coming in to this space, kids had a small play area with minimum toys. The space was oriented toward younger kids and not super inviting.
Through the Girl Scout season, the girls broke into small groups and focused on one area of the project. They ran a donation drive, and applied for a grant to purchase materials. They also created reading, new baby playpen, and crafting areas. The girls added new toys, books, and crafts for all ages. They also donated tablets and headphones for older kids. They also created a sensory space for kids that might need a safe place.
The girls did an amazing job thinking of others through this project. They put themselves in others’ shoes and what items they would need and what items they would want the most in a foster situation. Not only did they buy for girls their age, but for boys. They thought of kids in high school and babies and toddlers that might not know what is going on in their life.
Us troop leaders could not be prouder of our girls. We gave advice and ideas, but at the end of the day, all the girls made all the decisions.
They are now all looking forward to their Silver Award, but also staying in touch with Foster Source to continue contributing to all the good they do for kids.
More than a dozen Girl Scouts, along with their families and friends, gathered at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on May 19, 2019, to honor the more than 1,200 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.
The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2018-19 Girl Scout awards program year, 14 Girl Scouts in the Western Colorado region earned the Bronze Award. 15 girls across the Western Colorado region earned the prestigious Silver Award. 42 girls across Colorado earned the prestigious Gold Award..
Gold Award Girl Scout and current Gold Award mentor Heidi Ragsdale served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.
The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some 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.