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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.

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: Helping Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Submitted by Katelyn M.

Metro Denver

Aurora

I had always wanted to complete the Gold Award. Not just because it is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, but also due to the idea that I could make an impact in my community just by using my ambition and brain. Even though this dream was always present, it was really difficult to find a topic that was important to me and that I could tackle in the year and a half I had left as a Girl Scout Ambassador. Then, one day as I was driving to my job and came face-to-face with someone I wanted to help: a veteran experiencing homelessness. 

We all have a connection to the military, whether it is someone in our immediate family, a friend, or a distant relative. Because of their willingness to give their lives to protect the lives of this country, I have the utmost respect for people in the service. My heart broke when I saw a veteran on the street corner as I drove by. When I arrived home, I went straight on my computer to learn more about veterans experiencing homelessness. What I found was shocking. Colorado has the seventh highest population of veterans experiencing homelessness, and it is continuing to grow every year.

And so my project was born. My original plan involved a lot of face-to-face conversations and volunteering, unfortunately due to COVID my project had to be completely rewritten. Instead, I spent my time doing deep research on: the problems this population faces and the reasons they fall into homelessness. I used this information and created a website where people can learn more about this population and hear from some veterans on their experiences. 

In order to share my learning with others, I am creating a documentary video which will be given as an optional assignment for the juniors and seniors at my high school explaining my project and the issue I tackled. Project Homefront doesn’t just hope to bring awareness, and raise clothing and food donations for a population in need, it hopes to teach how to face an issue and start to solve it through education and action.

Every Gold Award will bring challenges. It forces you to grow and learn more about yourself than you might not have had the opportunity to do without it. The biggest impact working on this project has had on me is teaching me that we have the drive to create the world in our dreams, however we can’t do it just with words we have to do it with work and time. If you dedicate time and open your mind to the possibilities of change, you can build a world we all want to call our own.

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: Bringing Global to Girls

Submitted by Beatrice L., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Longmont

Northern & Northeastern CO

Bringing Global to Girls is a FREE event for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies to begin developing their skills as a global citizen and their connection to the rest of the world.

This workshop was developed as a part of my Girl Scout Gold Award project, and I will be hosting two events to promote this workshop and global thinking.

On Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 10 – 11 a.m.,  Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies can participate in a Bringing Global to Girls workshop!

Register your girl HERE!

On Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 – 11 a.m., older girls and adult volunteers are invited to learn how to run the Bringing Global to Girls workshop, so they can run it as a money-earning activity, with their troop, as part of their LiA requirements, or more!

Register you or your older girl HERE!

If you have any questions regarding Bringing Global to Girls or these two events, please contact bringingglobaltogirls@gmail.com.

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.