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2020 Highest Awards Celebrations: Save the date

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

Grand Junction

Friday, April 24, 6 p.m.

Penrose House Garden Pavilion

Colorado Springs

Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Embassy Suites

Loveland

Friday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.

Giodone Library

Pueblo

Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.

Hyatt Regency DTC

Denver

Friday, May 15, 6 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Steamboat Springs

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.

Please note the deadline to notify GSCO you have earned your Bronze or Silver Award and participate in celebrations is March 1. Notify us now that your girls have earned their Bronze or Silver Award:
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/bronze-and-silver-notification.html

Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager, at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

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Gold Award Girl Scout: Emma Downing, Colorado Springs, “Toys for TESSA: Re-doing the Children’s Play space inside the TESSA Safehouse”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my project, I completely remodeled the children’s space inside of the TESSA safehouse, as well as provided inventory boxes for the residents which can be used to store and catalog their personal belongings.

I chose this project because, after my initial meeting with A TESSA administrator,  I could see that TESSA, despite all of their amazing work, occasionally struggles to create a welcoming space for families staying in their safe house, and especially with creating a space dedicated solely to kids, but still easily managed by parents and safe-house staff. I could see that children needed a space where they could just be kids, to allow them to build positive relationships among themselves and with other children, and to escape some of the trauma they have undoubtedly experienced.

Similarly, I could see a clear need for a dedicated personal space for the safehouse residents to store their belongings. I felt that the inventory box portion of the project would give residents a sense of belonging for the duration of their stay, and help give some sense of order and perhaps even mitigate anxieties they may have after experiencing  an amazingly traumatic situation, I felt my project for the safehouse had the potential to have an immense and far reaching impact on many lives; which Is ultimately why I chose this as my project.

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

The most profound example of the impact of my project that I saw was the direct feedback from the families in the safehouse, and the impact redoing the space  had on their lives. One Saturday, when my mom and I were stocking the space with toys, several women came up to us. A couple asked if we flipped houses for a living, one young mother came up to us – nearly in tears – thanking us for what we were doing for the house, and many others remarked how wonderful it was as they walked by. Unparalleled to their reactions, however, were the reactions of the children. We hardly took the first box of toys off of our cart before the kids had opened it and began looking in wonder at all of the new toys. Kids of all ages began playing with one another and were just unimaginably excited. Someone even remarked that it was like Christmas and their birthday all in one.

The following week, when I delivered the inventory boxes to TESSA, I did not have the time to personally visit the safehouse and my play space, but the staff members I spoke to were moved almost to the point of tears. They kept reiterating how amazing I was, and how much I had done to change things for the better. One staff member told me that I had “completely changed the atmosphere of the entire house” and the adults and children were coming together to play, make art, and keep the space clean and organized in ways that were unprecedented before. And to me, this positive impact on those inside the Safehouse is the most meaningful thing my Gold award accomplished.

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

After my involvement, my project will be sustained in several ways. The play space will be cleaned and maintained by safehouse residents and staff, and the space will be restocked with toys from the donations TESSA regularly receives as needed. As for the inventory box portion, I have created an information letter written in both English and Spanish, as well as an inventory sheet, which can be easily copied after the originals (which I bound together like a legal pad) run out. Similarly, I have received promises from the TESSA safehouse staff to offer the inventory boxes to existing and incoming residents for as long as possible. Due to the clandestine nature of the safehouse program, and privacy of the residents, I could not explain the inventory box program to the women and children inside the safehouse personally, but I received lots of enthusiasm from the staff members, as well as promises to present and maintain the program for years to come.

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

Several months prior to me beginning my Gold Award project, I read an article for a homework assignment about the Syrian refugee crisis, and more specifically about the intense psychological trauma – trauma so severe it should be called “Human Devastation Syndrome” rather than PTSD – experienced by the children and their families, who had fled unimaginable situations of violence, war, devastation, and gone toward an equally uncertain and frightening future. The article focused on the severely under addressed need for psychological care and trauma management among these survivors; and particularly the need to reshape trauma as it happened for the countless children arriving to Europe as refugees – turning the terrified children into brave heroes who had saved their families and ensured their safe travels across the Mediterranean sea.

When I first toured the safehouse at TESSA as I was searching for a Gold Award project, I realized that these women and children who have fled horrible situation of domestic violence and abuse are in their own way, refugees. These women and children turn to TESSA for an escape and for hope. While TESSA does an amazing job of focusing on the psychological care of women and children in the community, they cannot meet every need that occurs. I wanted to provide for these children a place to just play, and be kids; possibly helping to reframe some of the traumas they had experienced, just as crisis workers in the Mediterranean are attempting to do.

What did you learn about yourself?

I have learned many things over the course of this project including the importance of patience and time management, adaptive problem solving, and even some cabinetry skills! Firstly, I had several instances of “email tag” where I would send an email, only to have the recipient be out of town, and then have them reply while I was out of town or service. This generalized delay in communications (again, it was summertime and I and others are balancing work and the other events of life) did occasionally present some setbacks. For example, while I began work on my project in April, I could not get my official proposal approved until June due to various conflicts in the month of May. This instance and other things like it helped me develop some patience, and adaptability – as my timeline for this project was radically adjusted more than once.

Similarly, when planning my money earning activity, I originally wanted to organize a community yard sale where people could rent spaces to sell their stuff, and I contacted Sunrise Church to see about using their parking lot for this event. I did not immediately hear from their operations manager, and although I eventually got approval, I did not have a single community member ask to reserve a space at the sale and was forced to cancel it last minute. Instead, however, I was able to organize a babysitting night, which turned out to be very successful, and I was able to complete the project without a hitch! I know that many people, myself included, were concerned that  I was attempting to complete my Gold Award on such short notice, but through the process I discovered that I can work well under pressure, as I can better focus my energies and work with direction and purpose, which results in a project that is both thorough and well executed. And while it has been a bit stressful having my absolute deadline for completion of my Gold Award and my departure for college happen in the same weekend, I feel that it has not negatively impacted my project and I have learned from the experience.

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

Earning my Gold Award project has made me a more aware and active citizen at both the local and global levels. It has also given me the tools to take agency in my own life and the confidence to act on my ideas, and to do things purely for the benefit of others. It has shown me that I can do whatever I set my mind to, and has opened a new world of opportunities for me as a Gold Award recipient by showing others that I have the dedication to see a project like this through.

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

For me, earning my Gold Award is the culmination of my entire Girl Scout experience, and the chance for me to use all that I have learned as a Girl Scout to do something impactful for others. Personally, it has given me a new sense of confidence and has shown me that I can absolutely make an impact on the world at large and on things that I am passionate about. Its one of the most incredible things for me to be able to talk about something of this magnitude and say, “I did that!”.

Without my years of Girl Scouts experience, however, I do not think I would have had the wherewithal and the skills required to plan, organize, and execute this project as fully as I did, which makes the  experience all the more valuable. Through the course of my time in Girl Scouts, and through this project; I have learned so many valuable skills, had unforgettable experiences, and made some of my closest friends, all of which I would not trade for the world.

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

Through my Gold Award Project, I used every aspect of the G.I.R.L. platform to accomplish my goals. I was a “go-getter” because I understood from very early on that I had a limited amount of time to complete my project and was able to plan and set a timetable for everything that needed to get done. I was an “innovator” because I was able to improvise and revise my project when things didn’t work out exactly the way I thought they would, and because I was able to find a creative solution to a difficult problem in my community. I was a “risk-taker” because when I decided to take on this project, I did not know if it would ever get off the ground, but I decided that I was going to finish the project regardless of what went wrong along the way. And finally, I was a “leader” because I was able to ask for and organize help to complete my project, and bring people together to work toward a common cause and do something good.

**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

 

Gold Award Girl Scout: Emma Gibbs, Longmont, “Raptor Activities Leadership Council”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

My project addressed the social stigmas and lack of understanding for people’s diverse talents and passions. My goal was to increase attendance at regularly lower attended events and increase the amount of school spirit through the organization of more school events. My target audience was the students at my high school with the intent to inform other high schools of the program’s results and create a guide or template on how to create a program like mine at other schools. As my project progressed, I realized that I needed to focus on why students weren’t attending events, so I partnered with the school administration and PTO to find alternate ways to communicate with students about events going on in my school.

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

As you will see below from my presentation, my initial goals were not being met, but after reflection and refocus of the project, I was able to more effectively communicate events through the PTO, administration, and to students.

End of semester one reflection:

  • Not seeing the attendance that I wanted to be seeing at that point
  • Was asking RALC group for ideas and they still weren’t working
  • Felt like I was a failure and wasn’t making a difference
  • Needed to get to the root cause of attendance

I needed more help, so I partnered with my school’s booster club and found that:

  • Root of low attendance with communication
  • Also, an issue with general school spirit
  • Allowed me to better communicate and connect with my school administration

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

My project will continue to be sustained for years to come. Since I did my project as part of the leadership academy at my school, I was able to work with the junior class and get a junior (now senior) to commit to continuing my project into the next school year. This individual is very passionate about school spirit and is involved in multiple extra-curricular activities, making her a perfect fit for this project. My leadership academy director also has expressed how much she enjoys this program and is committed to keeping it running in the years to come. By sharing my project with other schools, it will also be sustained because similar programs may start to pop up throughout the area and spread. While these programs might not be the exact same as mine they will be addressing the same or similar issues that I focused on.

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

I was able to send my project to other schools in the midwest. Our school leadership group had partnered with another school to learn about the Leadership Academy. I was able to send my project to those individuals.

What did you learn about yourself? 

I learned about project organization, time management, flexibility, and being open to change. Even though my initial project objectives weren’t being met, I was able to regroup and refocus my objectives to a more narrow project. I thought I would be able to increase attendance at events, but I discovered that finding better and broader ways of communication could be effective in increasing awareness, which will drive attendance.

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

I will be able to take the skills I learned, specifically communication with adults, learning to preserve, being flexible, and open to suggestions from others. These skills will be used in college in my classes, honors activities, and with my soccer team and coaches. I learned that communicating and sharing of ideas with others can help to keep projects moving forward and be successful.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of Girl Scouts as it takes all the skills and talents that you learn over the years and puts them together into one large project.  I enjoyed completing the Journeys with my troop members. We were a troop from several different schools and it was always interesting to see how other schools were dealing with issues. Being responsible for a large project: planning, organizing, implementing, and completing it can be very rewarding.  As I mentioned, I learned a lot of new skills and learned about working with other people of all ages.

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

I believe the Gold Award helped me to become even more of a go-getter. I have always worked at being organized and staying on top of homework and projects, while playing soccer at the highest level possible. Being a go-getter has helped me get where I am today, at a Division 1 college, playing soccer, while obtaining a college degree, with a focus in nursing. I am also a part of the honors program at my college. When I see something that I want, I figure out what it will take to get it, and I work hard to achieve my goals.

**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

 

Girl Scout Days at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Submitted by Jennavieve W.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Presenting: Girl Scout Days at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery!

Girl Scout Days is an ongoing program I helped create for my Silver Award. It will run every few months and switch between ages and interests. This awesome program not only gives Northern Colorado Girl Scouts a place to participate in local and affordable STEAM activities, but also volunteer opportunities for older Girl Scouts. One of the perks of Girl Scout Days is that family members of participating girls are able to visit the museum during the event; eliminating the problem of carpooling and finding babysitters for siblings.

The first-ever Girl Scout Day was Brownie Engineering Extravaganza on October 12, 2019. Girl Scout Brownies used their amazing G.I.R.L. powers to earn four badges and fun patch.

We loved seeing their go-getter personalities as they innovated fling flyers. They took risks when testing their senses with mystery boxes and optical illusions. They learned a bit about anatomy and world cultures by taste-testing teas and visiting Gerald the Jack-o’-Lantern. Last, but not least, the girls used their leadership skills as they chose jobs within their teams and used teamwork to create Rube Goldberg inspired chain reaction contraptions. They all did an amazing job!

Thank you to all of the troops who attended for making my event a success. A huge thank you to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for allowing me the opportunity to start this program. A special thank you to Angela Kettle for being my mentor and helping me create the event.

I look forward to providing many more STEAM events for my Girl Scout sisters. A second session of Brownie Engineering Extravaganza will be available soon and a Junior coding event is in the works.

Stay tuned for more to come!

I chose this project as my Silver Award because I come from a large family and if there is an event in Denver, my mom has to bring my siblings with us or hire a babysitter, so we can’t always make it. I wanted to make a difference and provide girls with the same problem a solution. I also wanted to give other girls my age more and closer volunteer opportunities.

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

Bronze and Silver Awards for Troop 31920

Submitted by Kristi Martinez

Pueblo

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

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.

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Hanna Ellis, Wray, “Dog Waste Stations”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I advocated for pet waste dispensers and the dangerous effects of too much pet waste and overall impact on community health. I originally planned to solve the problem by building a dog park that would be integrated into the city parks department, but would remain under city control. After numerous different design attempts, the park became too far out of reach. So, I opted for another route to combat the issue, I chose to design a system of waste stations and bench stops that would be of easy access to community members. This project still accomplished the same goal in solved the project issue and was received well by community members and city council.

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

My project directly addressed the issue of pet waste as a destruction to city property and possible threat to community health that includes pet owners, athletes, and Wray citizens. The issue had become an overwhelming task for the city to keep ahead of as the number of pet owners was on the rise and therefore, the number of pets using city facilities also increasing. Through my Gold Award project, I was able to have a lasting and sustainable impact on the City of Wray, its council members, and its citizens. The impact mostly addressed increasing pet owner education about being a responsible owner and being accountable for one’s own pet waste by installing waste stations that make cleaning up waste easier and more readily available use for owners. Therefore, the impact was received well by pet owners as the amount of pet waste noticed on city fields, parks, and paths was reduced.

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

Before even receiving Girl Scout Gold Award Committee initial approval to begin my project, I had numerous meetings with City of Wray manager James DePue to integrate my project into the city’s park department. I attended numerous city council meetings to ensure my project would be sustained by the City of Wray that would included maintenance described in my original proposal. This maintenance includes: trash removal, weed eating around benches and garbage cans, and replacing station headers when bags run out. I have obtained a signed letter from my project adviser and City of Wray Manager James DePue outlining the work I have put forth to complete my project and the city’s role since the completion of my project.

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

The root cause of my project addresses pet waste and owner education, which is a rising national issue as 83 million pet dogs produce nearly 10.6 million tons of waste each year. Besides the fact that millions of tons of waste are produced, the waste left behind is a serious health threat that can harbor lots of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These items can include harmful substances such as e coli, giardia, and salmonella. While my Gold Award project is focused on the City of Wray and other citizens of Northeastern Colorado, the project directly links to the national problem involving pet waste and citizen health.

What did you learn about yourself?

During the course of completing my Gold Award project, I learned about many leadership skills I didn’t know that I had developed. For example, I was the first girl in our troop to begin working on my Gold Award late in 2017. At that time, another girl was interested in completing a Gold Award, but wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do. I was able to help her create a project after identifying what issue she wanted to address and we both worked on our initial proposals to present on the same night for the award committee.

Also, I was able to speak at many city council meetings that would ultimately be the greatest achievement I can say I have received by completing a Gold Award. Before I found a topic that I was genuinely interested in and excited about, I would have never spoken in front of a council of six or more members who are respected individuals in the community of Wray. After my first council meeting and initial proposal, each time I went to another council meeting I was more relaxed and for me it became so much easier to present my ideas to those council members. I also learned to direct a small team that would help my figure out what equipment to order, the best way to place the stations, and final equipment installation plans.

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

Earning my Gold Award has pushed me beyond my limits in so many ways that will positively give me the knowledge and experience of how to deal with conflict and challenges and keep going in the future. This award has also given me the opportunity to become a leader in many more ways than I could have ever imagined.

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

Since I have been involved in Girl Scouts since the age of about 8 or 9, earning this award has been one of my highest goals since that young age. Even since the age of about 12, I knew exactly what I wanted my Gold Award project to be and that goal itself motivated me for nearly if not all of my Girl Scout experience. Earning this award has just been the perfect way to cap all of those great experiences I learned while meeting many new people, growing as an individual, and changing the world.

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

Since my project encountered so many issues with construction, I needed to be an innovator to find away around the issues while still accomplishing my own goal. Not only did I need to completely redesign my project, I also needed to change how that same goal could be incorporated into a new project. In this way, I was challenged to create new ideas to address the same issue that were still unique and had a connection to Girl Scouts.

**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

 

Highest Awards training for leaders and girls in Pueblo

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.

Register now:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/highest_awards_train.html

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Bri Wolle, Arvada, “Talent Turned Talented”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Realizing that many primary schools in Kenya lack sufficient resources for music education, I took action. Partnering with SCOPE International, I connected with teachers at four schools in Kenya who agreed to teach the primary school kids the recorder. After extensive research, I bought and shipped 60 recorders, 15 to each school, in addition to recorder books. When I visited Kenya nine months later, I went to the four schools and evaluated the success of the recorder programs at each school. My hope to spark passion for music into the lives of the children in Kenya was achieved, and I created a website and spoke to my high school choir in hopes of instilling further passion to help abroad into the hearts of my peers and the local community. By bringing a taste of American music education into the lives of the Kenyans, and bringing evidence of the progress and passion in the Kenyans, I connected cultures and helped improve standards and awareness for worldwide primary music education.

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

I measured the impact my Gold Award project made on my target audience by first figuring out my target audience, which was at least three schools in Kenya, and American children. I measured how the recorders made an impact on the four schools in Kenya because I measured how many students learned how to play the recorder, which was 60 in total. In order to measure the impact on my target audience in America, I took note of the statistics regarding how many people look at my website.

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

All 60 recorders are currently in use and accounted for, as are the recorder curriculums. Having visited each of the four schools that received the curriculum, I was able to connect with the teachers and receive verbal and written agreement to continue the recorder program with children in years to come. Additionally for the American audience and supporters, I created a website and online curriculum educating people on the importance of music education, and the startling realities that the world does not share the same luxury of a strong music education system like we have in America. My website contains a link which directs the patron to the SCOPE International website, where they can donate to the organization. My contacts at SCOPE have agreed to use those donations to further the recorder program in other schools. Don Howard is currently in Africa and getting letters of commitment from the heads of the schools with the recorders. Also, Professor On’gesa and I are currently making plans to organize a team for the remake of the talent show in 2020, so I will again be delegating with the SCOPE coordinators in Kenya to put that on, despite my inability to be at the actual talent show.

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

The project dealt with problems both locally and globally. The reality of the situation is that it is a global issue. It is not just Kenya that suffers from a lack of music education, which is what my project aimed to help reverse. By sending recorders to Kenya and giving students access to instruments, I was able to bring that success back to American kids and adults to prove that everyone has the power to promote music education globally. The website curriculum I created also promotes music education advancement globally. I was able to connect personally with my school’s top two choirs, Shades of Blue and Concert Choir, and teach them the importance of utilizing the musical talents and resources they’ve been given in order to advocate for others who do not have the same. The local issue of people needing to be aware about the need abroad, and the global issue of people needing musical resources are connected and feed off of each other.

What did you learn about yourself?

From this project, I learned that music education is a luxury we take for granted in the United States, and that it is up to every individual to fuel passion in others. I learned the importance of expanding my circle, employing others’ help when need-be, and using my voice to speak for others. I was challenged to reach out to diplomats and volunteers outside of my circle, and outside of the country, in order to put my project into actions. I learned how to ship internationally, and I had to learn patience when it came to shipping. After learning to wait and give others the opportunity to complete their assigned task, but I also checked up on my delegates to ensure the completion of the task. Finally, I realized the significance of my voice in America telling others about the realities in Kenya and possibilities we have to change lives.

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

Earning my Gold Award will impact me in the future because it has provided me with great opportunities to network and learn how to delegate. It has increased my passion for spreading awareness for music education worldwide, and I hope to impact other people to action in the future. Being a Gold Award Girl Scout will allow me to join the community of other Gold Award Girl Scouts, and I am hopeful that being a Gold Award Girl Scout will provide me with opportunities for employment in areas that I’m passionate about.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it allowed me to take the last 13 years of the values that Girl Scouts has taught me and implement them into a project that would impact someone else. The Gold Award is special to me because I was completely in charge of the direction of the project – the Bronze and Silver were also significant, but it meant a lot to me that I led the project. It was so amazing to be able to take my passion for music and share it with other people, impacting a community outside of just my state.

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

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a go-getter because I had to learn the difference between delegating and needing to take initiative. My project took place partially in America and partially in Kenya, so I had to be on top of my game regarding communication between the countries. In addition to just completing the project, I had to be a go-getter so I could fund a trip to Kenya and see my project’s progress. All in all, the project’s success depended on my motivation and passion towards music and helping others. I had to want it to get it.

**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

Gold Award training webinar

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents across Colorado! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss the upcoming training webinar on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m.

This is a free training. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.

To register, go to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Events page.
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/gold_award_training__369976776.html

If you have any questions, contact GSCO’s highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Devyn Dhieux, Evergreen, “Reusable Grocery Feed Bags”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I made grocery bags out of animal feed bags. I then taught others how to prepare the bags to be sewn. I created a “How-To Manual” with instructions on how to make the reusable grocery feed bags. I then taught another group how to sew the bags, using my “How-To Manual.” I also asked the manager at Big R to allow me to collect empty feed bags so other groups could have a supply of bags to make more reusable grocery feed bags.

I started this project because I had a lot of feed bags from feeding my animals. I know that plastic is bad for the environment. I wanted to make a difference in people using plastic. I also volunteer at Joy’s Kitchen (food rescue). I noticed the clients using boxes to carry their food home. So, by making my reusable grocery feed bags I help the environment by reducing the number of plastic bags, by upcycling the feed bags into a multi-use product. By donating these bags to Joy’s Kitchen, I provide a service to those who cannot afford to buy bags.

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

I measured the number of reusable feedbags that were made by volunteers and the number of bags that were provided to Joy’s Kitchen.

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

By giving 40 reusable grocery feed bags to Joy’s Kitchen, I will have replaced 28,000 single use plastic bags. By teaching others how to make their own reusable grocery feed bags I am allowing others to replace single use plastic bags. When I taught a group of adults at EChO how to make reusable grocery feed bags, I am continuing the making and giving of more reusable grocery feed bags into the community.

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

Reducing the number of single-use plastic bags in the environment reduces the amount of plastic that is in our landfills and oceans. By educating others and providing a way to upcycle another plastic product, I am further reducing the amount of plastic being used and being dumped. Plastic does not have a nationality and ends up in the world’s soils and oceans which then gets into the world’s food supply and contributes to the world’s plastic pollution. My reusable grocery feed bags are the beginning of changing the way people use plastic and provides a way to upcycle plastic.

What did you learn about yourself?

From Devyn’s Troop Leader: Devyn has worked hard from start to finish, she has led her peers and adults. She has grown a tremendous amount in her confidence and her knowledge and understanding of why her reusable grocery feed bags are making a difference. She has a lot to be proud of and I feel that this process has stretched her and made her an example of Gold Award material.

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

From Devyn’s Gold Award Mentor:  Devyn learned a lot of valuable life skills through the Gold Award process, including important organizational and social skills, which will benefit her as she moves forward.

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

It forced me to do something difficult and help the environment and people.

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

From Devyn’s Gold Award Mentor:  Devyn truly embodied the full spirit of  G.I.R.L.:  She was passionate about her project and became a real go-getter to push her ideas through.  She was an innovator by creating the pattern to turn an animal feed bag into a useful item.  Devyn was a risk-taker, because she pushed herself outside her comfort zone day after day when dealing with strangers in her community, something that does not come easily to her.  And she demonstrated leadership by enjoining members of her community into her project by teaching them how to create her reusable bags.

**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