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Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Kit Bernal, Falcon, “Art Masterpiece”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I adapted and created supplementary art education and curriculum for a local homeschool association.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I am very passionate about art education and wished to spread resources to make it easier for parents and teachers to make art education a part of their classroom.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award makes art education accessible, which improves right brain learning, inquisitiveness, creativity, and empathy.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained networking and professional skills.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The homeschool program I worked with uses cyclical curriculum, so by making art lessons related to the curriculum, they could be reused almost indefinitely.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I’ve put all lessons I’ve written on a website accessible to the public as a resource to schools and homeschoolers.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the excitement of the teachers on receiving lesson plans and materials.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Not only have I made meaningful network connections, but because I want to go into the art field, I already have a completed project to attest to my dedication and skills.

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

It was a fitting end to twelve years of dedication 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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Elizabeth Acker, Monument, “Project Fitness”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I built a six station “Fitness Course” around the perimeter of my high school campus. I raised all the money and I organized all the volunteers.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

Everyone wants to get fit and in shape, many people spend time reading the fat diminisher review but everywhere you can get in shape charges membership dues and fees. I wanted to create a space, a place where anyone could go and exercise for free. Schools are stressful places for the staff and teachers. I wanted to create a path and trail where they could go on planning time and de-stress and get fit at the same time.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I am most proud that we completed the course. The course looks great and it is a great gift to my community and to my school that I love. I made a difference for the staff and the students and my hometown.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I had to organize volunteers for the project. I learned to write grants and I learned to walk into businesses and ask for donations. I learned that I can direct a large scale project.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The equipment is maintenance free, but the school grounds crews have agreed to maintain the equipment if necessary and the grounds around the equipment. Mr. Christensen, the PRHS counselor, and track coach have also planned to continue the trail and course with future Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts looking for Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects. The future of the “Project Fitness” looks good.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I involved my community members, businesses and made sure to purchase everything right here in my hometown. The people that helped, the students, the parents and teachers/coaches are all from the community and all believed in me and my project. The course is a huge benefit to our school and our community.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I developed a stronger sense of self. I gained practical life skills.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I developed healthy relationships. I promoted cooperation and team building. I felt more connected to my community, locally and
globally.

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

This Gold Award is the culmination of my scouting experience. I started with my Daisy troop in kindergarten and stayed in my same troop throughout my scouting years. I am proud that I completed my Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. I am better able to organize my time and talents because of my experiences in Girl Scouts. I am using what I learned during the Gold Award in college and am proud to say that my new leadership skills allowed me to become one of the Manresa Orientation leaders at Xavier University during my sophomore year.

***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 GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Madison Haneke, Castle Rock, “Blankets for Babies”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I led volunteers in sewing just over 100 blankets for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units at three hospitals in my area: SkyRidge Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital (Anschutz) and Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I noticed that the majority of organizations put in place in hospitals target cancer patients and children (ages 5 and up). These are wonderful causes, but I wanted to bring attention to a bit of a less well-known department, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, so I formed my project around raising awareness for the families that have hospitalized infants.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I think my blankets brightened up the day of the families in the NICU and I definitely saw nurses get excited about the blankets, but I thought my impact on the volunteers who helped was amazing. I showed them that just a simple act of kindness can impact people you would never meet.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned how to ask for help, especially in front of a lot of people. Before, I was nervous to speak in front of people, but I learned that almost everyone is willing to help if you only ask. I also became a better collaborator. I gained the skill of incorporating others’ ideas to make my overall project better.

How did you make your project sustainable?

In every blanket package, there is a flyer with directions for making the blanket for future babies, and a link to my blog was included also, so that the families could learn about my project and maybe be inspired to make their own blanket to give to another family. Luckily, I came across EmbroideryWithStyle.com to help a few of ladies who love to sew, and one of the ladies have already received and delivered a donation for her blanket. I think their continued love of sewing and my connections could make the blankets a recurring donation to NICUs.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

My blog was my main connection to the larger community. So far, it has received nearly 200 views, which is way more than I could have reached alone.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable part of my project was definitely seeing the reactions of the nurses. They were immediately excited about the product and idea, and they started giving them out as soon as I delivered them.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Through earning my Gold Award, I learned that I can make a real difference in the lives of people that I wouldn’t otherwise meet if I’m passionate and dedicated enough. This confidence will help to drive me through any challenges I may face in the future, since now I know what I am capable of with help from others and a strong desire to make an impact.

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

I see the Gold Award as the culmination of what Girl Scouts is all about. It is a massive leadership and community service responsibility, and earning it was so important to me because I felt like I was taking all that I have learned in Girl Scouts and applying it to the real world.

***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 GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Kelsey Quick, Salida, “Say No to Cyberbullying”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created a website for kids who are being cyberbullied where they can talk about their experience and get help. In addition, I created a unit of lesson plans for 4th – 6th grade teachers that teach what cyberbullying is, what to do about it, and how not to do it.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I came up with my project idea when I noticed that fights on social media started to carry over into my high school’s hallways as real fights. I also read stories about kids committing suicide because of cyberbullying. I wanted to do something to help.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Through my project, I taught younger kids how to be careful and safe on the internet. I have also given kids a safe place to go on the internet if they are cyberbullied. I hope this makes a difference for a lot of kids.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

By teaching lessons to elementary students, I increased my flexibility and adaptability which will help me as I pursue a teaching degree.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project is sustainable because my Cyberbullying Unit lesson plans will be distributed throughout school districts in Colorado. Also, my website will continue indefinitely.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Cyberbullying is the fastest growing form of harassment in the world.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The thing I will remember most about my project is the impact it will have on people. The stories that the kids shared with me about their experiences with cyberbullying really touched my heart. Also, I will remember how enthusiastic teachers were when they were given the lesson plans to use with their students.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Since I hope to become a teacher, I hope my Gold Award project will help me get a teaching job some day.

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

The Gold Award is the top honor you can earn in Girl Scouts. It is the culmination of all the years of badges, projects, volunteer activities, and hard work.

***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 GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Sarah Kriner, Peyton, “Bird Sanctuary”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I built a bird center on the grounds of my local library, in front of the window leading to the children’s center.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project in order to get the children of my community reading, and to help fight illiteracy.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project draws in the local birds which adds one more reason for children to go to the library and pick up a book.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Working on the Gold Award helped me gain the confidence to communicate with members of my community to help work together towards a common goal.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I gave the library all the seed I could fit in to my budget and they will do drives to gather seed in the future. We also ensured that each part of the center would be strong enough to last through the high wind and tough storms we get in the winter.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Illiteracy is a universal issue that has been hurting people all over the world for centuries.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The grand opening was one of the more memorable moments, all the kids who showed up left with a smile on their face. It was an amazing feeling to know I had changed my community for the better.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I have used it to help get accepted into college, although I am currently enrolled into Pikes Peak Community College to save money, I did get accepted in to University of Colorado Colorado Springs and will transfer over in 2017.

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

The Gold Award was one of the last things I worked on as a Girl Scout. Although there was always people to lean on every step of the way, at the end of the day, it was my project. That gave me the confidence to know that I can tackle big obstacles that I could encounter as I begin to face the world as an adult.

***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 GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Mackenzie Crawley, Colorado Springs, “Learning through Literacy”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created a lending library and tutoring center at my church.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project because I have always had a love for reading. The lending library was a way for me to share that love with others. While volunteering every summer at my local library, I was asked to participate in their tutoring program. I developed a bond with my young students and saw how just an hour a week made a big difference. I was able develop a tutoring program at my church.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award Project made a difference by giving people easy access to books and helping students who are struggling in school. It also helped parents who are not able to help their children with homework, especially in math. This is a valuable, free resource for students, parents and volunteers.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership and time management skills. I learned how to work with parents and difficult students.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I made this project sustainable by leaving behind a manual for both the library and the tutoring center. The manuals provide step by step directions on every aspect of the library and tutoring center. There are also management at my church that are fully aware of the procedures.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Literacy is an important national and global problem. I feel honored to do my small part to help eliminate illiteracy.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember the most is bonding with the children that I tutor, and hearing them say that they want me to tutor them.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Earning my Gold Award has given me confidence in knowing that I can make a difference. This project forced me out of my comfort zone. Now that I’ve stepped out it will be easier to do it in the future.

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

Once I earned my Bronze Award, I wanted to go for my Silver and then the Gold. Having achieved all three is huge for me. The awards signify really taking my Girl Scout experience to the community. It makes me feel like I have done my part in society, not just sell cookies or go camping. My girl scout experience has helped me make a difference.

***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 Gold Award Project: Rebecca Clark, Colorado Springs, “Color Guard Clinic – Guard is Great!”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I put together a performing arts clinic for middle schoolers in my district.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

There is a lack of understanding in the community (and world) about what Color Guard is, thus a lack of funding and participation.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Many people were exposed to a sport that is my passion, and something they might not otherwise have known about. Students learned dance, movement, and how to spin and toss flags. Color Guard is a fun and supportive environment in high school. Students who join will have a supportive base and friends in high school.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership skills, planning, and flexibility.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I made a Facebook page and YouTube page with pictures and instructional videos. I also made a flash drive with all clinic information, from permission slips to t-shirt orders and daily schedules to give to others who wish to hold a clinic.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Color Guard is a global sport, with very little recognition. My Facebook and YouTube pages will attract people to the sport with instructional videos on tosses and routines.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember watching the veterans helping the new students, and the enthusiasm everyone showed toward the sport.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I have learned how to be a leader in my community: how to step up and lead a large group of people towards a common goal.

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

I feel the Gold Award is an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it makes me more confident in organizing and leading events. It is the highest award possible for a Girl Scout to earn, and I plan on being a Girl Scout for the rest of my life. It is the culmination of my Girl Scout experience.

***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 GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Lydia Waterman, Littleton, “Hospital Care Kits”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my project, I created Care Kits for Littleton Adventist Hospital, and typed up a guide for how others can create their own Hospital Care Kits in their community in the future.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

When I was 8 I had an emergency appendectomy and had to stay in the hospital for a week. This was a scary experience and I
wanted other families like mine to be more prepared for a stay in the hospital.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I made a difference in my local hospital and in hospitals around the state and country to give patients care kits to help them have necessities to be comfortable in the hospital.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained leadership skills, organizational skills and compensation skills through earning my Gold Award.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I made my project sustainable through making a hospital care kit guide and writing a blog post.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I sent my guide to my aunt in Arkansas who used to be a hospital manager, and my uncle in South Carolina who volunteers at a medical center.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the response I got from the hospital when I delivered my Care Kits, and how happy the volunteer coordinator was to see that someone wanted to help patients.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Earning my Gold Award will help me to have more organization and leadership skills when in a new job or in school.

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

The Gold Award is an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it shows me that I committed to making my own project from all of the skills I learned from being a scout.

***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 GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Brianna Talbot, Larkspur

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I taught children in my community about poverty and what they can do to help this issue by running drives for local organizations in need.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I enjoy teaching youth, and it was even more enjoyable to teach about this pressing issue.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Not only was this project able to show a group of youth about an issue they might not have previously known about, but it showed them how they could help their community and globe.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned organizational skills, perseverance, and improved my leadership.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Poverty is a global issue, so by teaching this I was able to connect an issue both present in my hometown and worldwide.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most prominently remember the time I had teaching the youth about poverty; they were so eager to learn and participate that I became inspired by them.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My Gold Award taught me a lot about myself and others that will be very helpful in my future, especially about communication and hard work.

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

This project was an important milestone for me to complete. I had been looking forward to completing my Gold Award since I was a little Brownie, and finally finishing was accomplishing a goal that I have had for the majority of my life.

***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 Gold Award Project: Heidi Hufford, Lakewood, “Heidi’s Dresses for Haiti”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I made and organized others to make pillowcase dresses and collected underwear for girls living in tent cities in Haiti. I made directions for people to sew dresses, collected materials, and organized sewing parties.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Gold Award project because I wanted to help people in Haiti. I started
brainstorming when my Dad was planning on going to a mission trip to Haiti. I asked the coordinator of the mission team if there was anything I could do to help the Haitians, and he suggested making pillowcase dresses. I liked this idea because I enjoy sewing.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

578 dresses have been made and 664 pairs of underwear have been collected for my Gold Award project.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

• Sewing—I learned to sew dresses in order to make dresses and teach others how to make the dresses.

• Communication—I emailed, talked, and made Facebook posts in order to communicate with people.

• Knowledge about spreadsheets—I made my plan, kept track of the time I spent on my project, made a list of volunteers and people who donated, and kept track of my progress in spreadsheets, which helped me stay more organized.

How did you make your project sustainable?

Beyond my direct involvement, my project will be sustained through continued dressmaking. I donated the leftover materials from my project to Spiritual Threads, a sewing group that makes pillowcase dresses for Haiti. Also, I taught a lady going on a mission trip to Haiti how to make a pillowcase dress so that she could teach three girls at an orphanage to make dresses so that they can clothe themselves.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

The dresses were made for girls in Haiti.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember making dresses.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Because I did my Gold Award, I learned about management and the steps it takes to complete a big project.

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

The Gold Award is the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn, so earning the Gold Award is the biggest project I’ve ever done as a Girl Scout.

***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