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Girl Rising: Movie screening

Submitted by Katy Herstein

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Senior Troop 60043 would like to announce the screening of Girl Rising on February 10, 2019. This PG-13 movie will inspire you in ways you haven’t thought of. It will leave you with ideas for your Silver Award or Gold Award projects. It will really make you stop and think about our world of girls!

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“Girl Rising” movie screening

Submitted by Katy Herstein

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Girl Scout Troop 60043 has planned a public screening of the documentary “Girl Rising” as the Take Action project for their “GIRLtopia” Journey. Click on the link to the flyer below for details.

“Girl Rising” is an extremely thought provoking film about the state of girls’ access to education around the globe. These Seniors really had their eyes opened to other girls’ struggles and the want to share this opportunity with you.

Senior Troop 60043 are girls from 9th and 10th grade in Highlands Ranch. They enjoy all that Girl Scouting has to offer and are up for trying anything that comes their way!

When their Take Action project is complete, their next major projects are Girl Scout Gold Award plans!

They were also selected by Girl Scouts of the USA to participate in a study of the outdoor badges. They will be completing two of four chosen badges by GSUSA and completing a survey after the badges have been completed! Exciting!

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Cadette “Woodworker” badge at MO2H

Submitted by Katy Herstein

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

My Cadettes had a wonderful time completing their “Woodworker” badge at My Own 2 Hands (MO2H) in Littleton! The instructor was so patient with them as they used a screwdriver, saw, hammer, and level.

The girls leading the badge went ahead of our event date to discuss the badge with the owners and pick a project to make as the last step of the badge. What an amazing company from start to end!

One of my Girl Scouts was VERY hesitant to even come to the workshop, but she ended up being one of the girls with her hand up quickly asking to try a tool first! They were definitely risk-takers for this badge.

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

Cadettes participate in Wreaths Across America

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree

Cadettes from Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree Troop 59 visited with Gold Star mother and Girl Scout alumna Victoria Nevins at Fort Logan National Cemetery during Wreaths Across America on December 15, 2018.  The girls made her a white and gold wreath to pay their respects.  Ms. Nevins’ son, Special Forces Staff Stg. Liam Nevins, recieved a purple heart for a wound he suffered in combat, but refused to return home.  Instead, he stayed and was killed one month before he was to discharge from the military at age 32.

The Wreaths Across America Ceremony is a solemn experience that teaches youth about service to our country, helping others, courage, strength, and community.  This year’s ceremony message was for veterans to share their stories with others.  Our girls were honored to hear Staff Stg. Nevins’ story from his mom, in becoming more aware of the ultimate sacrifices for our freedoms.

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

Slime of your lives

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Kick off the New Year and have the “slime of your lives” with the Cadettes of Troop 59. Cresthill Middle School (cafeteria) on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (6 – 7:30 p.m.).

We love spending time with younger Girl Scouts and have a huge passion for slime recipes. We would like to share these slime recipes with you and you are welcome to bring your own to show us Cadettes (if you want).

Just a fun mix and mingle event. Participating girls can expect to bring home multiple two oz. size plastic condiment cups (with lids) of your latest creations.

This event is during the dinner hour. Optional hot dogs and chips will be available for purchase.

Troop 59 Cadettes are experienced in hosting events for younger girls and have received lots of positive feedback!

Registration information is on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Events Calendar. https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/slime_fun_md_01_16_2019

Happy New Year,

Troop 59 Cadettes

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Gold Award Girl Scouts impact Colorado communities and beyond

Twelve Girl Scouts from across Colorado have earned the distinction of Gold Award Girl Scout, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, after completing Take Action projects benefiting their local communities and those around the world.

  • Brittany Argo from Aurora, Cherokee Trail High School, built a prayer garden at St. Michael’s the Archangel and aided in the construction of a prayer garden at a church in the Philippines.
  • Evyn Batie from Loveland, Mountain View High School, led a team of students to create the Northern Colorado Student Mental Health Resource Guide, an electronic compilation of some of the best youth mental health resources across the region.
  • Bryce Civiello from Evergreen, Conifer High School, designed a pamphlet for teens that can help them take the first steps toward getting help from a mental health professional.
  • Angela Foote from Centennial, Arapahoe High School, developed a relationship between the organizations Family Promise of Denver and Denver Tech for All to ensure low-resource students and families have ongoing access to computers.
  • Madeline Ford from Englewood, Cherry Creek High School, partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to create a five-session literacy program, which promotes a positive reading environment and teaches children new ways to express themselves through books and poetry.
  • Littlepage Green from Breckenridge, Summit High School, created a lesson plan and video to educate students about food allergies. In-person lessons also included training on how to properly use an epi-pen.
  • Maya Hegde from Englewood, Cherry Creek High School, partnered with the Mangala Seva Orphanage in India and Brydges Centre in Kenya to teach girls how to make reusable sanitary pads using materials they already have. The program she developed also taught the girls how to sell sanitary pads in their own communities to tackle the stigma around the menstrual cycle.
  • Grace Matsey from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista High School, created a music tutoring program for elementary and middle school musicians, which was run by members of her high school’s Music Honor Society.
  • Annarlene Nikolaus from Colorado Springs, Discovery Canyon High School, oversaw the construction of a series of buddy benches for local K-12 public schools. Students also participated in age-appropriate lessons led by Annarlene about buddy benches and what they can do to be better friends.
  • Bailey Stokes from Buena Vista, Buena Vista High School, created outdoor-based lesson plans for the use of fourth grade science teachers across Colorado. Topics covered included investigations, habitat, and adaptations.
  • Emma Lily from Longmont, Silver Creek High School, designed a website, created a podcast, and wrote a children’s book celebrating the Longmont Sugar Beet Factory and its historical significance.
  • Katherine Walden from Larkspur, Castle View High School, taught elementary school students about the importance of bees and how to install bee boxes that local bee species and other pollinators can call home.

Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. The Gold Award project involves seven steps: 1. Identify an issue, 2. Investigate it thoroughly, 3. Get help and build a team, 4. Create a plan, 5. Present the plan and gather feedback, 6. Take action, 7. Educate and inspire. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Stephanie Foote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership is making the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Brownie “Quest” Journey in a day

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree – Highlands Ranch – Parker

Calling all Girl Scout Brownies! Cadette Troop 59 from Lone Tree – Highlands Ranch – Parker invites you to join them for the Brownie “Quest” Journey in a day event on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Parker Library.

Brownies will discover their inner values and how this impacts their behavior, families, and community. All steps of the Journey, including a Take Action Project, will be covered during the event. Take Action projects will benefit the Denver homeless community and seniors at a local assisted living home.  Registration information is on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Events Calendar.

Troop 59 has received positive feedback for coordinating a recent Journey in a Day event:

“(Cadettes) very polite and inclusive of all the young girls.”

“The girls (Cadettes) did a great job leading, entertaining, and teaching the little girls. I’m very impressed! I like that each older girl had a specific job and executed it very well.”

“The troop ran an excellent event! I was impressed by the confidence and leadership of the Cadettes. Stations were very organized, and entertaining for the girls. Participation was great and the Cadettes did a great job of making all the girls feel included, and showing them that there was a way for all types of girls to be involved and have fun! Great job Troop 59! Thanks for having us!”

“The Cadettes did a FANTASTIC job! The event was well-organized and the communication received was excellent.”

“Location was great! Check-in easy. Organizers very affective.”

New! Our Cadettes are also following additional feedback and including the Brownie ‘Quest’ Journey patch set, within the registration price for chaperone pick-up at the Journey in a Day Event for volunteers’ convenience.

Troop 59 Cadettes are looking forward to seeing your Brownie Smiles in December!

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

Twisted Pine cookbook project

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree – Highlands Ranch

Cadette Troop 59 of Lone Tree – Highlands Ranch invites Girl Scouts across Colorado to share their favorite camp cooking recipes.

Our girls are working on their aMaze! Journey this November, which focuses on multiple friendship topics. Coming together in the kitchen and around the campfire is something Girl Scouts have been sharing for generations. These 6th-7th graders have chosen to put together a camp cookbook for their Take Action Project to leave at Twisted Pine.

You can help by emailing your favorite camp recipes to tiffanylbaker@hotmail.com.

Please include:

  • Your Girl Scouts’ name (first name only)
  • Troop number
  • Current Girl Scout rank
  • Favorite camp recipe
  • Favorite Girl Scout memory

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Gold Award Girl Scout: Grace Matsey, Highlands Ranch, “Got Music?”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a music tutoring program for elementary and middle school musicians run by members of my high school’s Music Honor Society to help emphasize and educate about the importance of music and music education.

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

I compared the enrollment numbers from the orchestra classes in 2017-18 school year and the 2018-19 school year.

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

My project is sustainable because it is run by the members of my high school’s Music National Honor Society. The president of next year will be in charge, and so on and so forth. It will continue to help increase the participation in music programs, as well as helping to educate the importance of music and music education.

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

I communicated with the Program Coordinator for the head of the National Music Honor Society, and they were able to obtain information about my project to post it on their websites and have workshops on how to effectively teach music. This enables it to now be a national music tutoring program.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I can communicate with large groups of people. I spoke in front of an audience of 300 people, and it was really inspiring to see how you can connect with so many people at once, and how you know that they can all feel your passion for a project.

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

Earning my Gold Award will help me step forward with confidence in the future. I know that I can do anything, if I set a plan and work towards it.

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

I think that if I had not completed the Gold Award, Girl Scouts would not have been such an important part of my life. This project helped me spread the awareness of something that I am passionate about, while working with amazing people and creating connections.

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

It helped me become a go-getter because I set a very aggressive timeline, while also working with lots of people. I completed the majority of my project in one semester, and was still able to see results.

**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

G.I.R.L.s deliver thousands of school supplies for low-resource students

Girl Scout Junior Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch, which has 14 girls, collected thousands of school supplies for low-resource students over the spring and summer. They included pencils, markers, glue, scissors, binders, paper, books, and teaching materials.  On Sunday, August 12, 2018, the girls delivered the supplies to an elementary school in Evans.

They were able to collect the supplies by reaching out to schools in their own community, and asking to place boxes in the lobby to collect supplies.  A dozen schools agreed to participate, and the girls worked with the schools to publicize their project through posters, an e-newsletter to parents, and the schools’ announcements. Additionally, some of the girls reached out to Office Depot in Highlands Ranch, which agreed to place another collection box in the front of the store.

Through this project, the girls will earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award,  the highest honor for a Girl Scout Junior and the third highest honor in Girl Scouts.

All four major TV stations in Denver shared the story of the girls’ project.

Earlier this summer, the girls completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. The girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits and delivered them to the hospital in June. The full story, along with a few photos and thank you letters from parents who received the kits, is here: https://bit.ly/2usUFXc.