Tag Archives: Highlands Ranch

Girl Scouts Compete in Toast-Off Challenge

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree/ Highlands Ranch

During COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Colorado Girl Scout Cadette Hayden L. and her cousin Reagan M. came up with the simply brilliant Toast-Off Challenge idea while Facetiming each other.  Hayden shared this boredom buster idea with her Girl Scout sisters of Troop 60059 in Highlands Ranch and their first Toast-Off was held on April 8, 2020 with an “animals” theme.  From there, toast-off was shared on a “virtual Girl Scout activities” page by Hayden’s troop leader, where multiple troops across the United States.

Hayden’s original game rule suggestions for Toast-Off were:

  • Allow 20 minutes during an online troop meeting to create your pre-determined group themed toast design.
  • Any food ingredients at home can be used, as long as you eat a few bites after sharing your food art with the group.
  • You must use a minimum of three ingredients, not including the bread.
  • Share your designs with each other and take a photo for follow-up voting.

It has become evident that Toast-Off is a fun challenge for all age Girl Scouts with different levels of cooking skills, using only ingredients they had available to them when grocery store shelves were mostly empty and shipping was delayed.  Each troop has put their own spin with rules and themes that work for them. Thank you, Hayden and Reagan, for being innovators (G.I.R.L) during a time period that has encouraged creative thinking.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Badges Through the Power of the Internet

Submitted by Brennah D.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

I led my Girl Scout troop through the Scribe badge on Zoom. With my PowerPoint presentation, we were able to get everything checked off. This was my first time making a PowerPoint presentation and being a leader through online learning. It was fun!

I love Girl Scouts and everything it has let me do!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Juniors in Highlands Ranch Spread Cheer

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Since we have been unable to meet in-person, I challenged our troop to spread cheer in the community.  I am so incredibly proud of how they have met this challenge. In just a few days, they have written thank you letters to essential workers and residents of a senior living facility in our community; checked on their neighbors and family members; shared inspirational artwork; and made cotton masks.  When people ask me why I volunteer, the answer is simple – these girls. These fourth graders have become compassionate leaders and amazing human beings. #maketheworldabetterplace

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouting at Home: Celebrate Earth Day VIRTUALLY

Submitted by Taylar Reilly

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Join Troop 66446 virtually as we clean up our home communities! Leading up to Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, we will be doing an online trash pick-up challenge across Colorado. Let’s make a difference together and see if we can pick up 50,000 pieces of trash across our gorgeous state.

Be sure to practice safe pick-up methods during participation:

  • Tell an adult that you’ll be participating or work with a guardian to participate together.
  • Sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.
  • Follow all safety activity checkpoints.
  • Make sure that you have proper gear: washable or reusable gloves, trash bags, plenty of water, sunscreen, close toe shoes, bug spray, and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Ready to start making a difference? Follow the steps below:

Keep in mind, “virtually” still means NOT getting together as a troop, just going on an afternoon walk and picking up around where you live.

(Activity adopted from GSCTX)

Safety Activity Checkpoints: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2019_edition_sac7.1.2019_002.pdf

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Best Cookie Dad

Submitted by Gianna Villarreal

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

My dad is the best Girl Scout Cookie Dad because he has helped me learn how to talk to customers, count money, and reach my cookie selling goal. He joined me for three cookie booths, around the block with my little wagon (he helped me decorate), and he even took cookies to work! He is patient, loving, and amazing! He goes to my Girl Scout meetings and all of our events without even thinking twice about it. I love my dad with all my heart.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Daisy dad: AKA best cookie dad ever

Submitted by Delilah D.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

This is my first year in Girl Scouts and I had no idea what to expect when it came cookie selling time. Luckily, I have a really great dad who has helped me figure it out. Not only does my dad help me sell (by walking with me, coaching me on what to say, helping me add costs, etc.), he has also helped me sell cookies to his co-workers.
Since I am in school during the day, my dad has marketed our troop’s cookie sales to everyone at his work. He has spoken to people and handed out order forms, but the best way he has helped market our cookie sales is by wearing my Daisy tunic at work. Haha! He has no shame and is willing to do what it takes to help me and my troop. His co-workers love it and I think it helped me sell. My goal was 200 packages and I’ve sold over 400! Thanks for the help, Dad!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Troop 61631

Did you know that Girl Scout troops are Daisy’s Circle members too?

Troop 61631 joined Daisy’s Circle in March 2018 and they made a video about it!   Watch their video!

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

The troop decided to join Daisy’s Circle because they value their Girl Scout experiences and the friendships they have made. They wanted to do something to help other girls that might not have the same resources.

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

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

Why do you like being a Daisy’s Circle member?

“We are thankful for our community and the support we get to do Girl Scouts. It feels good to be able to give back and help others have the same experiences.”  – Ava D.

“It makes me feel good (to give to Daisy’s Circle). I feel like I’m doing something good for the sisterhood of Girl Scouts” – Liliene A.

“We are proud to help Daisy’s Circle because it lets us know there is good in the world!”  – Josie O.

If you or your troop are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, consider joining Daisy’s Circle!

Join Daisy’s Circle between now and December 31, 2019 and receive a coupon for a 40% discount and free shipping on your entire purchase in the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop! * Offer good for troops or individuals restrictions apply

Join as a troop

Join as an individual

* New members only who join between 12/1/2019-12/31/2019. Discount applies to transactions completed in-person at Girl Scout Shop in Denver, via phone at 1-855-472-7026, or email Retail@gscolorado.org. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers, used on prior purchases, transferred, copied, or used online or through Girl Scouts of the USA.  Offer limited to in-stock merchandise only based on availability. Expires 3/31/2020.




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.

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

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 

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

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