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Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards

Girl Scout volunteer myths

We hear it all the time: “I love Girl Scouts, but I don’t have a daughter.” Every time we go out into the community to recruit volunteers we hear the rumor that only moms can volunteer. But the truth is that anyone can volunteer; even if you don’t have a daughter or if you’re not a mom. We count on our volunteers to carry out our vision and mission and to provide girls with meaningful and engaging experiences that will help them become the leaders of tomorrow. And to do that we need everyone, moms included. We need dads, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, teachers, engineers, financial advisors, facilitators, and lawyers. To serve all different types of girls we need to reach out to all different types of volunteers – and that includes you, too. You can co-lead or lead a troop, manage troop finances, or help lead or facilitate a program or series for the girls.  The possibilities are endless!   

 We also are in need of volunteers who may not want to work directly with girls but still want to support them. We have opportunities that include organizing cookie and product sales, organizing events, administrative work, and so much more. If you’re interested in getting involved with Girl Scouts (moms included!!) click on the links below for more information on current opportunities, or contact us for more information.

If you’re interested in exploring ways you can get involved with Girl Scouts contact Kelly Burwell: 970-530-1839 or vs.americorps@gscolorado.org

Volunteer Opportunity of The Week: Gold Award

Girl Scouts is all about taking action and making the world a better place – and the Gold Award is a perfect example of that. If you have earned higher awards or if you have helped a Girl Scout in your life earn one of her highest awards then we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you: a Gold Award Committee Member!

We’re looking for volunteers who can help guide, mentor, and support Girl Scouts who are earning their highest award. This would include working one on one with girl’s to guide them through the application process as well as supporting them through their highest award journey. We’re also looking for committee members who would be interested in approving Gold Award projects and making sure that Gold Award projects meet the Girl Award Standards.

Committee members are needed across the state, but we’re particularly seeking volunteers who are located in the Southwest, Southeast, and Northern Colorado. To learn more about the Gold Award and how volunteers are involved in the process click here.  All positions are flexible and we’ll work with your location as well as your schedule!

For more information contact Kelly Burwell at vs.americorps@gscolorado.org or 970-530-1839

Girls build playhouse for cats for Bronze Award

Written by Aspen P., and Taylor W.

For my Girl Scout troop’s Bronze Award project, we are building a sort of ‘play house’ for the cats and kittens at our local humane society. We decided to do this, of all other things, because we have worked for the Humane Society before and it was very fun. The people are very nice, understand our good intentions, and help us as much as they can so that we can succeed.

We also choose to do this for our project, because we love animals- especially cats- and want to help these homeless animals as much as we can.

We have discussed it, and found that building this play house would not come cheaply. Our troop went to speak with a local hardware store and they said that the only way they could donate materials to us would include us filling out paperwork, and would take about a couple weeks, which was after we needed to get the Bronze Award done so that we may bridge to be Cadettes.

Instead, we bought some of the ‘scraps’ from the hardware store, which were much cheaper than actual measured pieces of wood. Other than that, the other things we have used have all been generously given to us by our troop leader- such as paint, nails and other such tools. We thank our Troop leaders so much for the effort they had put in to help us with completing our award.

Troop 72160 earns Bronze Award

Submitted by Jun Yasui (Troop Leader)

The girls in Troop #72160 from Fort Collins learned that many animals in their community need some help. They called two animal shelters and asked how they could help.

They volunteered at a dog wash event hosted by one of the shelters. They washed, rinsed and dried many dogs for two hours.

They held a fundraiser in front of a pet store for two days to collect supplies and donations. They collected 110 cans of cat/ dog foods, 15 bags of treats, 27 toys, 3 jars of baby food for birds, towels, peanut butter, cleaning supplies and much more!

They also made many fleece toys and blankets to donate. They delivered the donations to three animal shelters (Larimer Humane Society, Animal House Rescue & Grooming and Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic) and took a tour at the Larimer Humane Society. One girl’s family adopted a dog from one of the shelters while they were working on the project. They are proud of themselves for helping the animals in need and making a difference in their community.

Five girls in Troop 841 earn Bronze

Five girls in Troop 841 based in Littleton have earned their Bronze Award. The girls spent the year learning about serving others and cooking. For their project, they decided to cook a meal for the families at Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. Throughout the year they planned the meal and learned how they can serve others. They chose a recipe, determined how much food to buy to serve 70, shopped, prepared and served the food to the families. They also cleaned up.

The girls had to work together to make decisions during the project. They had to be considerate of each other and the families they cooked for. They showed caring with the time, thought and effort put into the meal. They chose to use the money they earned from cookie sales to fund the event. They were excited to be helping others.

Congratulations to Shaelee, Amber, Evalynn, Jocelynn and Kate.

Junior Troop 50699 helps Ralston House and earns Bronze

Submitted by Marybel Good

This group of nine girls spent all year completing the Agent of Change Journey and planning a service project. After researching needs in our community, they selected the Ralston House, a safe place for kids who have been hurt or seen bad things. We visited for a tour and asked for input on their needs. In the end, the girls chose to hold a snack collection to fill the cupboards of the Ralston House. They like to offer kid-friendly snacks to the children and families who visit them to make them feel comfortable. After planning, the troop made a presentation to the principal of their school and gained approval to hold a week-long snack drive. Then they created flyers, classroom presentations, and shopped for sample snacks to direct their classmates on what to bring.

The snack drive was held the first week in April and was a huge success. The girl collected the following items:

54 cans of soda
84 juice boxes
32 hot/cold coffee cups
194 bags of chips
369 individual bags of fruit snacks
264 granola bars
32 bags of trail mix
69 servings of cookies
97 bags of crackers & goldfish
11 bags of small candy bars
188 water bottles

Plus 171 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and more than $100 in gift cards.

The names of the girls are: Elaina K., Allie W., Kenzie V., Sefra H., Kara D., Aleena G., Maleah A., Taylor C., Brenna G. Advisors and leaders: Marybel Good, Cindy Kelley, Susan Dobbs

Troop 2692 earns Bronze Award with Xeriscape Garden project

Part of being a Girl Scout is learning the skills needed to plan, coordinate and execute projects that contribute to your community. Junior Girl Scout Troop 2629 displayed their leadership by planting a Xeriscape garden at Pine Grove Elementary to earn their Bronze Award.

The Bronze Award is the highest award possible for Junior Girl Scouts. The pursuit of this award began in early 2009 and finally came to fruition during Memorial Day Weekend. All 12 girls worked over the holiday to ensure this project was completed before summer break.

The girls selected a Xeriscape garden because part of the Girl Scout Law is to “use resources wisely.” The girls know that is the purpose of a Xeriscape garden and want their work to serve as a shining example of how lovely a Xeriscape garden can be.

The garden would not have materialized without the support of the Pine Grove staff and especially Principal David Minter. Over a 2 ½ year period, Minter championed this project with the Douglas County School District to gain district approval.

In addition to DCSD, several organizations made this project a success:

* A grant from Colorado Garden Show, Inc made this project possible

*Underground Sprinkler Corps donated the installation of our sprinklers

*Master Gardener, Julie Pfankuch, donated her expertise and countless hours

* Nick’s Garden Center donated plants

* Pine Lane Nursery Garden Center donated plants

* Tagawa Gardens donated plants

* Walmart supplied most of the compost

Troop 2629 is proud to be of service to the Parker community.

 

Row 1: Kelli M.; Meredity M.; Ashley L.; Mary D.
Row 2: Emily V.; Olivia R.; Abby U.; Lauren M.; Leah M.; Katelyn K.; Kristen H.; Macy D.
Row 3: Troop Leader Wendy R.; Troop Leader Suan H.; Troop Leader Kim L.