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Teddy Bear Project collection

Submitted by Taylar Reilly

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

I am so proud of our Girl Scout Daisy Troop 66446. They collected 194 stuffed animals for the Child Rescue Foundation’s annual Teddy Bear Project all while earning a petal for learning how to make the world a better place! The girls had pizza and teddy bear trail mix during their tagging party.

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Ugly sweater party

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Cadette Troop 59 is inviting Girl Scouts of all levels to an ugly sweater party on  Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Highlands Ranch Library. Celebrate the diversity of our holiday season by participating in an ugly sweater contest, trading holiday themed SWAPS, singing songs, and playing fun games with your Girl Scout sisters. Sign up on the GSCO Events Calendar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/ugly_sweater_party_m.html 

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Gold Award Girl Scout: Kate Bleyle, Highlands Ranch, “Create, Compose, Communicate”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I designed a creative writing curriculum for students K-12. This curriculum is available for students of any background (e.g. homeschooled, low-income, the average student). The curriculum consisted of a series of lessons with fun activities (such as crossword puzzles and word searches), an emphasis on interaction among the students, and multiple writing exercises. I had the opportunity to teach my curriculum with Boys and Girls Clubs, and I was able to receive feedback from the students I worked with. I made revisions to the curriculum based on that experience and input from the students.

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

I taught my curriculum at two different Boys and Girls Clubs locations over a period of eight weeks. During that time, I taught a total of 20 students (about two to three students at Johnson Elementary and as many as twelve students at KIIP on any given day). Throughout the teaching experience, I had multiple students return to each teaching session. In order to gauge how much of an impact my project had on the students, I asked them two questions at the end of my teaching experience: What did you learn and what did you enjoy about the curriculum?  The feedback I got from the students was extremely positive.  The students said they learned about writing, and they enjoyed the curriculum because they could write about anything.  Some of the students even asked if I would come back next year to teach my curriculum.

In addition to teaching at Boys and Girls Clubs locations, I partnered with Carnegie Library in Trinidad, and they have agreed to put my curriculum binder in their library.  My curriculum will provide students with an opportunity to practice creative thinking and writing outside of what schools typically teach.

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

I provided my curriculum to various Boys and Girls Clubs locations, so they will be able to teach my curriculum at their locations. Over the summer, college students volunteer with Boys and Girls Clubs.  These volunteers often don’t have a curriculum they can use to teach the students at Boys and Girls Clubs, but now with my curriculum, the college volunteers will have a curriculum they are able to use. I also put my curriculum into a binder format that I gave to Carnegie Library.  This way, the curriculum can be taught as a class at the library, or homeschoolers can check out the curriculum and use it themselves.

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

While my project does not directly influence people around the world, my hope is that the students who partake in my project will develop creative thinking and writing skills which may someday have a global impact. I have also provided Carnegie Library in Trinidad with my curriculum. Along with the library, I contacted teachers in the Phoenix area to see if they would like my curriculum, as well as Denver Public Schools.

What did you learn about yourself?

When I have a goal in mind and a time crunch, I can really do anything.  I delegated different tasks to my team members and chose my team members based on skills I wanted assistance with (e.g. research, curriculum development, logo). I had never worked with young kids before, and while I don’t think I’ll pursue a career as an elementary school teacher anytime soon, I was surprised that I was available to develop a good rapport with the students. Prior to this project, I was reluctant to pick up the phone and call an adult, and I was shy in front of a small group. Although I am still naturally shy, I can tell that this project helped me break out of my shell a little bit.

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

While working on my Gold Award, I developed good leadership skills that will be useful later on in my life. The Gold Award also gave me experience teaching and developing a curriculum, which is a career option I may like to pursue.

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

I think the Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because I was able to finally apply everything I learned as a Girl Scout to a real-world situation. As a Girl Scout, we are taught to make the world a better place. Helping people to communicate, think creatively, and work together will, in the long run, make the world a better place.

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. The Gold Award is extremely daunting, and the decision to earn the award and continue working on it in the face of adversity made me a go-getter in itself. However, I also overcame some of my personal setbacks (i.e. my shy nature) through teaching my curriculum, communicating with Boys and Girls Clubs, and presenting my ideas to the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee and others in the community.

**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: Jessica Sweeney, Highlands Ranch, “Just Breathe and Plant Some Trees!”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award project “Just Breathe and Plant Some Trees!” addressed the issue of deforestation. I was able to gather 31 community members to plant 40 trees and shrubs, as well as two flats of sedges at CALF’s Lowell Ranch. I worked with the Douglas County Conservation District (DCCD), which was able to donate the trees and shrubs for my project using money they received from a grant to restore the riparian ecosystem we planted at. I chose to host a tree planting event because I wanted community members to get involved with something hands-on and take action on an important issue in our local, national, and global community.

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

In order to measure the impact of my project on my target audience, I had my tree planting volunteers take a survey before and after the event to see how much they learned. I gave a five minute speech at the event to educate my volunteers in hopes that they would learn something new, and that they could demonstrate this knowledge in the second survey. I also had a few questions in the second survey that asked if the event impacted them and if they would take any future actions to combat the issue of deforestation.

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

My project will be sustained beyond my involvement through the Douglas County Conservation District (DCCD), which I worked with for my Gold Award tree planting event, and the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Office of Sustainability. Both organizations are willing to promote my website and possibly my Instagram page as well. My project advisor Mrs. Berry, who was my high school teacher, Sustainability Club sponsor, and Sustainability Trainer for the DCSD Office of Sustainability, is also willing to sustain my project through my high school’s Sustainability Club. “Just Breathe and Plant Some Trees!” will continue to impact others because the DCSD Office of Sustainability will be able to share my project with multiple schools in the district. Furthermore, I strongly believe the DCCD and DCSD Office of Sustainability formed a connection through my Gold Award project, as the DCCD is interested in getting in contact with Mrs. Berry and my high school’s Sustainability Club and plan tree planting events in the future, specifically for spring 2020.

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

One crucial global and national link my project has is that planting trees benefits everyone on planet Earth. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere we all share, and it helps benefit local ecosystems which promotes a healthier environment as a whole. Planting trees also helps maintain the water cycle, reduce soil erosion, and protect species biodiversity. Another global and national connection my project has is through my website and Instagram page. Though they haven’t gotten out to a significant number of people yet, the organizations that are willing to sustain my project will be able to promote my website on their website.

What did you learn about yourself?

Something I learned about myself through this project is that I’m prone to procrastination and disorganization. It can be difficult to overcome these, but I’ve found that if I’m passionate enough about what I’m working on, it can help me push through any challenges to see success and accomplishment. I also learned that I’m pretty good at making lists to prioritize tasks and get the most important work done first.

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

Earning my Gold Award has impacted my future, because I’ve acquired great leadership skills through this project, and have learned the process of hosting a successful event. I strongly believe I will be more likely to take on projects similar to this in the future, and continue to volunteer and help contribute meaningfully to my community. I can also put my Gold Award project “Just Breathe and Plant Some Trees!” on my resume, and write the skills I developed through this project (such as leadership, communication, time management, commitment, organizational skills, etc.).

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

I have been in Girl Scouts all thirteen years, ever since I was a Daisy in kindergarten. I suppose you could say I’m rather committed to Girl Scouts, as I’ve earned many badges and patches, as well as both my Bronze and Silver Awards. I feel as though my Girl Scout journey would not be complete without the Gold Award, and that the life skills and experiences gained through this project will be something truly memorable and impactful for the future to come.

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

One of the leadership skills I developed through this project was delegating tasks to my team members. Quite a few of my team members were experts in their field, so they were able to provide me with information about trees and shrubs. I also learned how to assign tasks to people, such as my troop member Meg who created my website, to alleviate some of the work I needed to do. Another leadership skill I developed was being able to effectively communicate with others. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone to talk to new people and reach out to different organizations to tell them what my project was about and ask them if they could help me turn it into a reality.

Through this project, I was also able to become a go-getter. The Gold Award enabled me to set a goal, list the steps I needed to take to achieve that goal, and finally host a successful tree planting event! I had so much fun at my event, and was glad to see all my hard work paid off in the end. It’s easy to get caught up simply thinking about what goals you want to achieve, but the Gold Award really pushed me to be a go-getter and turn my dreams into a reality.

**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

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Nicole Eubanks

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

I am a third generation Girl Scout. My grandmother, mom, and I have all participated as Girl Scout volunteers. I have two daughters that are now Girl Scouts and this makes them fourth generation Girl Scouts. I served in various roles in the Girl Scout organization from troop support volunteer, service unit team member, troop leader, and also was on staff at GSCO at one time.

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

Girl Scouts gives girls the empowerment to build them into strong women as they graduate high school. It offers opportunities for service to others and to improve our communities. The girls receive education in various topics from STEM to the outdoors.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

I believe it is important for all girls to have any opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout program. Girls have an opportunity to participate not only in troop activities, but also in camps and Destination programs. These programs define the women they become. All girls deserve to be courageous and strong!

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It is easy because you don’t have to remember to write checks.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

Please consider joining Daisy’s Circle. It is easy to set up and then you can make monthly contributions without having to write checks! It provides support to girls in Colorado to have an opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout program. It is an investment in the future of the young women in our state!

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Cadette earns “Climbing Adventure” badge

Submitted by Camryn P.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Hello, my name is Camryn and recently I earned the new Cadette Climbing Adventure badge! For the first part of it, I had to interview an expert rock climber. My dad is on the Search and Rescue team, so he knew someone who would be good for the job. Rebecca has a rock wall inside her house! She talked about different kinds of rock climbing and different ways to rock climb. She also talked about how to belay, tie knots, and how she got into rock climbing. Rebecca showed me all the equipment you need and we talked about safety.

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, we went to Devils Head to try out some real rock climbing! It was about an hour drive there and a fun hike up to the rock wall called “Training Grounds.” The two routes I climbed were called Beginners Luck (rated 5.6) and Practice Run (rated 5.8). It was a lot of fun! Rock climbing was hard in some places and easy in others. It was very different than indoor rock climbing because you need a lot more grip strength as there are no pockets to hold on to like on a rock wall. I even got to belay Rebecca, so that meant her life was in my hands! I had a lot of fun doing this badge and I can’t wait to do more fun outdoor badges.

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Reach your goals with Fall Product Program and earn cool rewards

GSCO asked Girl Scout Cadette Charlotte H. of Highlands Ranch to tell us about her experience participating in Fall Product Program (nuts, candy, and magazine sales). In addition to participating in Fall Product Program, Charlotte is also a Top Cookie CEO and competitive gymnast. Here’s what she had to say:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

This is my fourth year participating in Fall Product Program.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you?

Yes, I like creating an avatar because I like the opportunity to earn a badge that looks like me!

What do you like about having an online storefront?

I like the online storefront because it’s a way to keep my sales organized and stay on track for hitting my goal.

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

My advice for someone doing Fall Product Program the first time is to try and find new customers, so you aren’t asking the people that buy cookies.  I find creative ways to reach new customers, and then I convert them to cookie customers! In addition to emailing friends/family, I go door-to-door in a new neighborhood. This way I get new customers. I always get their phone number and email so that I can deliver the product. When I deliver the product, I include a thank you card reminding the customer cookie sales will be in the winter and then follow up with them during cookie season.

What nut or candy item (s) do you like best?

My personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Monkeys.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that they’ve earned?

Fall Product Program has helped our troop earn money early in the school year. We have used proceeds to help us have a holiday party.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest prize I’ve earned was a cookie cart. I use it every cookie season!

Fall Product Program helps girls learn and practice valuable business skills. On the M2 platform, girls can create their personalized avatar, customize messaging to friends, family and other customers, and set and track their goals. Girls earn rewards and troops earn proceeds that they use to fund activities, special events, projects, camp outs or other adventures!

You’ll find M2 log-in instructions, a troop and Juliette guide, and an order card that shows all girl rewards on the Fall Product Program page of our website. Fall Product Program runs until October 28.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Cadettes support Wags and Menace

Submitted by Darby Petitt

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 442 of Highlands Ranch was chosen to represent Wags and Menace at the Doggie Dash on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Boulder Reservoir. Wags and Menace is a foundation that funds emergency medical care for animals around the world, ranging from dogs to sloths to elephants and all animals in between. The Girl Scouts spent the last month collecting blankets, towels, and sheets from their neighbors and schools to present to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley on behalf of Wags and Menace. Their collection was the largest ever collected at this event while the girls promoted the Wags and Menace foundation at the Doggie Dash. They walked the two-mile loop with the other participants and canine friends while learning about pet safety and care from the Wags and Menace representative. At the conclusion of the event, the Girl Scouts were presented with a Best Kids’ Team Spirit Award for their efforts in collecting supplies and representing the Wags and Menace Foundation team.

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Juniors earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

We learned sending a message on a computer network is very complicated. Even short messages must travel through many other computers and networks. They don’t just go to directly to their destination.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Girl Scout Ice Cream Social

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree- Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree Cadette Troop 59 invites you to kick-off the Girl Scout year on a cool note with a Girl Scout Ice Cream Social.  This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with Girl Scouts at Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.  Lots of fun ice cream toppings will be available for the girls to enjoy their own creations. Registration is now open on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Events Calendar.

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