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Gold Award Candidate Collecting Items for Mary’s Homes of Hope

Submitted by Ciara Marie L., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Lakewood

I am a Girl Scout from Troop 63449. For my Gold Award, I am helping Mary’s Homes of Hope educate the community and nation about single mothers and women, and some of the struggles that they face. I created a website for Mary’s Homes of Hope at www.maryshomesofhope.com to spread awareness about single mothers and women in need of support. In turn, I have collected many donations of baby supplies and household items on a Target registry that were donated to Mary’s Homes of Hope for the women who live there. Also, I held a donation drive at St. Bernadette Catholic Parish on June 6, 2021 for parishioners and the community to come and donate any supplies Mary’s Homes of Hope may need. We received more than 150 different items of household, office, and baby supplies for Mary’s Homes of Hope and we are so grateful. I hope to make a positive impact in my community and the world by addressing this issue that is important to me since it will also allow me to grow, learn, and help change the community and the world one step at a time.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Gold Award project: Igniting Adventure Event

Submitted by Corinne R., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

As a capstone piece of my Gold Award project, I created Igniting Adventure event to teach girls outdoor skills that can be used in the wilderness. The skills the girls will be learning are: outdoor hygiene, water purification, orienteering, tent set up, shelter building, camouflage, outdoor cooking, fire building, packing, and Leave No Trace. This camp is for Juniors and Cadettes. It is a three evening camp on July 14, 21, and 28, 2021 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. at Barr Lake State Park. Register using this link: https://igniting-adventure-outdoor-skills-twilight-event.cheddarup.com/

I created this camp to get more girls interested in camping and outdoor activities. I have always gone out to do these activities and this is my way of sharing the joy I have with others.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Launches Website for Gold Award

Submitted by Anna H., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

Hello everybody! My name is Anna and I am a Girl Scout Ambassador working on my Gold Award. My project is on bird conservation. My goal is to make the world a more bird-friendly place.

I’m excited to announce the launch of my project website, https://www.conservebirdsathome.org! On my website, you will learn:

  • How to protect birds from windows
  • How to let cats safely outside while not hurting bird populations
  • Why birds run into windows
  • Why native plants are beneficial
  • Proper birdhouses, birdbaths, and birdfeeders
  • More information on my project
  • Links to trusted resources for further information

If you know anyone who would benefit from my website or would like to share it with others, feel free! The more people that can see my website, the better for the birds.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Unveils Art Installation in Remembrance of Shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch and Dedicated to Mental Health

Girl Scout Ambassador Grace B., who is also a senior at STEM School Highlands Ranch, is working to earn the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, by securing a permanent art installation for Northridge Recreation Center. On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the installation was unveiled as part of an event dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding mental health. The keynote speaker was Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School.

 

Grace collaborated with Douglas County artist James Holmes and Highlands Ranch Community Association to create the installation. The Northridge Recreation Center is where Grace and many of her classmates were taken and later reunited with their families following the shooting at her school in May 2019. Special thanks to Fox31/KDVR-TV, CBS4/KCNC-TV, Denver7/KMGH-TV, and Highlands Ranch Herald for sharing Grace’s inspiring story.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable— earned only by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges. A 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. 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.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bird-Friendly Gold Award Project: Learn How to Save Our Feathery Friends

Submitted by Anna H., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

Hello everyone! My name is Anna, and I am an Ambassador currently working on my Gold Award. I have some free, educational webinars that Girl Scouts and their families can attend!

My project is on making the world more bird-friendly. With the forces of habitat loss and human-related dangers such as domestic cats, bird populations are declining at alarming rates. My goal is to educate high schoolers and adults on how they can:

  • Reduce bird-window collisions.
  • Let cats and birds coexist peacefully while fulfilling their respective needs.
  • Make their backyard more bird-friendly, including birdhouses, baths, and feeders.
  • Understand why planting native is so important.

I am conducting three separate presentations for this project. They will be hosted by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and I, along with two other Girl Scouts, will be guest-speaking.

These presentations will interest anyone who has a passion for nature and/or the environment, and they’re free. Girl Scouts should attend to learn about the issues facing birds and how they can help. In order to save our feathery friends, everyone needs to do what they can to help birds. That includes you!

Age Range: Seniors, Ambassadors, and Adults (non-Girl Scouts are also welcome!)

When: March 31, April 7, and April 14, 2021 from 4 – 5 p.m. Note: you don’t have to attend every presentation, and there is separate registration for each presentation.

Where: Zoom- These are webinars!

The Top Two Threats to Birds: Windows and Cats

March 31 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Approximately three billion birds die each year from human-related threats. However, which threats are the largest? And, how can everyday people, not just organizations and businesses, help? Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for an in-depth look at windows and cats, the statistics, why they’re problems, and convenient solutions to help them coexist.

Registration link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28172-the-two-top-threats-to-birds-windows-and-cats

The B’s: Birdhouses, Birdbaths, and Bird-Friendly Backyards

April 7 from 4 – 5 p.m.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to birdhouses—perch versus no perch, painted versus untreated wood, on a pole versus in a tree, etc. The same goes for birdbaths. Come join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies to learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to birdhouses and birdbaths! This presentation will also briefly touch on bird feeders and foods.

Registration Link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28173-the-b-s-birdhouses-birdbaths-bird-friendly-backyards

Why Should We Plant Native?

April 14 from 4 – 5 p.m.

You might have heard that you should plant native. But do you know why? “Because it’s good for the environment,” while correct, doesn’t do justice describing the complex role native plants play. It’s much more than that! Come learn about ecosystems, the advantages of native plants, and how invasive species disrupt the delicate balance of nature.

Registration Link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28174-why-should-we-plant-native

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Photos courtesy of Gary and Carlie Hartwick.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Her Voice, Our Vote: Gold Award Film Showing

Submitted by Laura B.

Louisville, KY

Hi Colorado! I am a Girl Scout Ambassador, and for part of my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I created a film about the Suffrage Movement and one of its most famous leaders Alice Paul. There will be a nationwide showing of my Gold Award film on March 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. Girl Scouts who attend will receive a custom patch. I first became interested in suffrage when I visited the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument on a trip to Washington, DC. I realized I wanted to tell stories about the women’s suffrage movement because I knew there were girls like me who didn’t know enough about the movement, and more importantly, they could gain strength from its empowering message and lessons. I was on my way to creating a live staged performance before COVID-19 hit, then I pivoted to telling Alice Paul’s story on screen. Although not my original plan, this change has allowed me to show my film to reach you and audiences across the country who I hope will take something away from the women’s suffrage campaign.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/march17_her_voice_ou.html

I realized that I have had very few past and current female role models to look up to. I felt extremely empowered when learning about these women who fought hard to break the voting glass ceiling. They have now become my role models. These inspiring women made me want to educate the public and encourage female leadership and gender equality.

I hope female audiences will gain confidence after learning that women have been in situations just like the ones women face today. That’s the beauty of the Suffrage Movement, it provides role models and strategies that we can learn from as we face challenges with modern day glass ceilings.

I am a G.I.R.L.

I am a go-getter just like all the Girls Scouts who have had to work hard to pivot their Gold Award Projects during the pandemic.

I am an innovator. I wrote my own script and the lyrics to three songs for my short film.

I am a risk-taker. I had no idea how to create a film. I had performed in many musicals, so the stage is my comfort zone. With the film, I had to take on the responsibility of scouting locations, editing, and promoting it to audiences.

I am a leader. I have written, directed, and produced my first film.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Golfing for a Miracle

Submitted by Makayla K., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Arvada

When I was 10-years-old, my aunt passed away after a 13 year battle with Type 1 Diabetes. She was 26-years-old and at the time one of my closest friends. I set to work to start a non-profit and roughly two years later, One Monkey’s Miracle was registered with the IRS and State of Colorado. It was a long process. Our very first fundraiser was a virtual road race that allowed me to pay all the fees and start saving as well. Our goal is to find ways to help newly diagnosed children and ultimately help families who struggle with the high cost of diabetic supplies. We’ve held several fundraisers since 2015 and I managed to tie my Silver Award into my non-profit as well. Now, that I’m working on my Gold Award, I am again tying it into my non-profit by hosting a golf tournament where all earned funds will go to my non-profit and in turn the Barbara Davis Center in Aurora. My tournament, Golfing for a Miracle, will be held this summer at Willis Case Golf Course in Denver on June 5, 2021. We are limiting the registration for our first year to 52 people (or 2 groups of 26) to further tie it back to why I started this journey so long ago. I am constantly working to get sponsors for the tournament. One we have on lock is Dixon Golf. They will come out and set up several games/contests for registered golfers. The registration fee for the tournament is $100 per golfer and includes green fees, cart, as well as lunch (due to COVID lunch may be a grab and go, we will know more as we get closer to the event). We will have updates about sponsors and more on our Facebook group page as well as our website (https://onemonkeysmiracle.wixsite.com/onemonkeysmiracle). We welcome those of all abilities to join us in June for the first Golfing for a Miracle!

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We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: The E-waste Recycling Exposé

Submitted by  Safiya D., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Aurora

* Safiya became a Gold Award Girl Scout, earning the highest honor in Girl Scouts, in January 2021.

I have been a Girl Scout for 10 years. Currently, I am working on my Gold Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. The Gold Award focuses on addressing a community-based problem. My project, The E-waste Recycling Exposé, tackles the lack of education regarding technology recycling (e-recycling) in my city of Aurora. I am developing a curriculum for fourth and fifth graders that teaches them what technology recycling is and why it is important. 

When I was researching my project, I was disappointed to learn that in comparison to paper, plastic,  and glass recycling, only 20% of electronics actually get recycled in the United States. I thought that if I could educate kids and get them excited about e-recycling, it might make them think more about actually recycling their old electronics.

My curriculum is comprised of : 

  • An introductory video that shows me taking an old family computer to be recycled
  • A PowerPoint that explains the technology recycling process 
  • A video I created that shows how to take apart a laptop computer and find the recyclable parts
  • Interactive and hands on games that I created for the kids that will make understanding e-recycling fun
  •  Pre and post surveys to evaluate what the participants have learned from the program

In creating my curriculum, I had a few goals in mind. I wanted students to get excited about electronics recycling.  And most importantly, I wanted them to go home and talk to their families about its importance and encourage them to participate in the recycling of their old electronics. If we care about our planet, participating in technology recycling is important. When you look at the statistics, many landfills are filled with electronics and the more we care about this issue, the easier it will become to have a clean Earth.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Project Greenify, a Girl Scout Gold Award Project

 

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend is coming up September 12 – 13, 2020! This year, girls can participate virtually or in–person by visiting select Colorado State Parks to participate in self–guided activities like nature trails, junior ranger programs, activity backpacks, and more! RSVP and learn more here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scouts_love_sta.html

Leading up to this event, we want to showcase a fantastic Girl Scout Gold Award project related to state parks, “Project Greenify,” from Sidney B.  Read on to learn more about Sidney’s project:

My name is Sidney. I am currently a Junior in high school at Steamboat Mountain School. I have been a Girl Scout since I was in kindergarten and am currently working towards earning my Gold Award, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Girl Scout. My project is focused on state park waste diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! My project branched into a variety of pieces such as a staff orientation to educate staff at state parks on the basics of waste diversion so that they can help share their knowledge. I worked to create a Junior Ranger curriculum that includes reduce, reuse, and recycle guidelines. I did my own in-person waste sorts with the public in order to bring awareness and get helpful data as an insight into the issue of recycling contamination. To help further knowledge of recycling, I developed and posted signage that is both sustainable and durable that will help educate people and empower them to make the right choice! Every piece of my project aims at sustainability of our amazing state parks for future generations of girls to enjoy.

As you may know, September 12 and 13 is Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend! This is a chance to celebrate our state parks and the amazing opportunities and wild spaces they protect while giving way for changing our environment for the better.

As a piece of my Gold Award project, I have created a YouTube Channel called Project Greenify to share fun and educational videos for Girl Scouts across Routt County and Colorado. I have created a series of three different videos along with attached resources. The first is a general overarching introduction to waste diversion and recycling, and teaches the basics of environmental stewardship. The second video teaches how to do your very own waste sort at home and learn why our waste matters. The third video is a fun activity called “Birds and Worms’ and is designed for young Brownies and Daisies. By watching these videos and completing these activities, Girl Scouts are continuing the legacy of environmental stewardship, using resources wisely, and making the world a better place! In addition, Girls will be able to work towards earning their “eco” badges.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

A Bright Spot: Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Submitted by Peyton R.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

Hello! I just graduated high school and will be attending CU Boulder in the fall. I am a Girl Scout Ambassador and in my last year of Girl Scouting. I have been a Girl Scout since I was a Brownie in first grade. Since then, I have worked on many projects that have built up towards the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts.

For my Gold Award, I am starting a program called “A Bright Spot,” which will provide parents experiencing homelessness the means to throw their child a birthday party. I have partnered with BeyondHome, an organization in Denver that aims to help families on the road to self-sufficiency.

A Bright Spot is an “adopt a birthday child” program. This means that a person or family will “adopt” a child and then donate birthday party supplies (such as cake, a present, and decorations) for that child every year on their birthday until they are an adult or until their family leaves BeyondHome. The goal of this project is to allow the parents to throw the birthday party, so volunteers will only be responsible for mailing or delivering the items to BeyondHome. In order for this project to succeed, I need more than a hundred volunteers to “adopt” children at BeyondHome. If you are interested, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org and a Girl Scouts of Colorado staff member will connect us.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.