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Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts donate cookies to Douglas County Search and Rescue

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts (and sisters) Reagan and Camryn P. donated 24 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Douglas County Search and Rescue as a thank you for all they do for the community. A representative from Douglas County Search and Rescue visited the girls at their cookie booth at King Soopers on Sunday, February 24, 2019 to collect the cookies.

Customers purchased these cookies from Reagan and Camryn’s troop as part of Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes program. Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts honor the non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and uniformed personnel who are so important to the community. Through Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who choose to resist the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service, and helping with service projects. All Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring purchases may be eligible for a tax deduction. 

A special thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV and Fox31/KDVR-TV for joining Girl Scouts for the event and sharing the sisters’ story with their viewers.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Cassidy Christian, Highlands Ranch, “Igniting home safety: A smoke detector primer”

 

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award is about home fire safety and smoke alarm awareness.  My main point is to educate the public that smoke alarms expire and may not work even with working batteries inside. This is true for hard-wired smoke detectors too.  I made  “Smoke Detector 101” (both in Spanish and English) pamphlets and hosted informational booths at multiple community events. My pamphlets have been part of the October 2018 Fire Prevention Month displays at two local Home Depot stores. I also made magnets that users can write their smoke alarm expiration dates on and when to change their smoke alarm batteries. I want to make a change in my community and my Gold Award enables me to do that.

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

I feel like I’ve made an impact on my community. I was present at four community events like the HRCA Home Improvement Show, HRCA Classic Car Show, The Fire Muster, and HRCA Farmers Market. The more people that I spoke to, the larger the impact. Towards the end of my project, I went to my local Home Depot and talked with the Manager, Mike, and Assistant Manager, Melissa, about their number of smoke alarm sales from this year (2018) compared to last year (2017). Due to corporate policy, I was not able to be given the exact numbers. However, they said there was an almost 5% increase in total sales that numbered in the “thousands!” I think homeowners in my community benefited a lot. I was able to talk to hundreds of parents and I was also able to inform the younger kids that came up to my booth as well. I loved talking to the people in my community.

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

Knowledge about any new information is sustainable. I have put my pamphlet information (both English and Spanish) on to flash drives that I have given to my local fire stations and community fire educators. I have created a website and Instagram blog that anyone on the web can have access to, as well.  Finally, I’ve made magnets that help remind people when to change their smoke alarm batteries or replace their devices. This is sustainable because if the user places the magnet on their refrigerator or wall, hopefully the magnets will serve as a constant reminder to be safe in one’s own home.

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

I decided to make a Spanish pamphlet! In Colorado, approximately 1 in 8 families lives in a Spanish speaking household. I’m in my fifth year of Spanish instruction and I wanted to incorporate that aspect into my project. Anybody on the web can find my Spanish pamphlet and I’ve attached it to my website and blog. Regardless the language someone speaks, everyone should have access to home safety information. I have also shared my Spanish and English pamphlets to Mexico.

What did you learn about yourself?

Before my Gold Award, I never really tried new things. I knew what I liked and what I thought I disliked. However, the Gold Award has helped me grow as a leader because it has taught me to get out of my comfort zone. I disliked doing phone calls. I would always prefer texting or emailing. However, phone calls give you a way faster response than any email or text message. It’s critical to directly hear the other person’s tone and opinion. Now, I like calling other people and hearing their ideas. Once you learn a skill and get used to it, it becomes a valuable asset.

I also learned the value of meeting face to face. I brought my pamphlet information to Office Depot and worked with one of their “techies.” He helped me put it on the right format and I think I got a really good deal for printing my pamphlets!

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

Girl Scouts and my Gold Award have molded me into the confident and strong young woman that I am today. I believe the Gold Award has given me a huge future edge compared to my peers. From this project, I’ve learned about leadership, teamwork, and managing change. The Gold Award has given me a strong base and the confidence to make even more change in my community. I’ve gained valuable contacts and an insightful experience.  Girl Scouts and my Gold Award project have helped to reinforce and grow my strengths, challenged me to overcome my weaknesses, and opened up a creative side.

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

I have been a Girl Scout since kindergarten! I am passionate about Girl Scouts because it has given me so many amazing opportunities that no other youth organization could give to a girl. From being on TV six times to be selected to attend the Triennial National Convention, my Girl Scout memories will always stay in my heart. The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, and I have known ever since elementary school that I wanted to incorporate it into my Girl Scout experience. I am truly honored to be a part of this elite group of women and I plan to be a lifetime Girl Scout member.

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

Everyday, I try to be the best person that I can be. If I say I will do something, I plan on finishing it. I feel empowered when I set a hard goal and eventually achieve it. I’ve learned how to be a leader and a risk-taker. Whenever I am in a group setting, I try to do what it is best for the team and for myself. By utilizing values like respect and responsibility, I am able to be a strong individual and a strong team member. Most people just follow by example; it’s the leader of the team that helps create the team’s attitude.  In both an individual or a group environment, a leader has to be brave enough to take on new challenges. If we keep on doing the same thing day after day, how can anybody make a change in our community? A risk-taker can’t be afraid to do something different. If we never accept a difficult situation, we will never improve as individuals.

**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

Helping foster children around Denver

Submitted by Clare F.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

I know that so many young children are sent to foster homes with very few belongings, sometimes carrying those belongings in a plastic trash bag. Almost nothing is their own. This bothered me, knowing how much my belongings mean to me. To help, I decided to create cinch sack bags for some of the girls. I hoped that it would help some girls on their journey, and inspire others to do the same. I delivered them to Mount Saint Vincent’s Home, and they have been distributed to girls around the metro-district.

These cinch sack bags were sewn and designed by me. In order to have the funds to buy the fabric and the materials, I started a small business of sewing badges on to local Girl Scout uniforms. I advertised through family friends and my service unit. The money I earned helped me get enough fabric to make 20 bags for foster teens.

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

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

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

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

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

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.