Tag Archives: Journey

A key part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the leadership journey, a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme. Each journey is tied to some of Girl Scouts’ 15 national outcomes for girls, as defined in the Girl Scout Leadership Model.

Montrose Junior Spreads Joy with Bird Feeders

Submitted by Bonnet Riddles

Western Colorado

Montrose

As a troop we had just finished up our Agent of Change Journey and were starting to brainstorm a Take Action project when COVID-19 hit. All of our initial ideas were no longer plausible with the new safety and health guidelines. We were back to the drawing board and this time, that drawing board was a virtual one.

We wanted to help senior citizens in our area. The girls pointed out that our high-risk senior population is extremely isolated and they wanted to do something special to encourage them. The idea of making and donating bird feeders to a local retirement home was born! This project was led and orchestrated by Girl Scout Kendyl L. She bridged to Cadette this year, but with the extension on award projects, she really wanted to earn her Bronze Award before the deadline.

Kendyl and her team started by contacting retirement homes. A hurdle that we did not expect was being able to find a location willing to accept the bird feeders. Most places did not even allow us to finish speaking before giving “no” as an answer. Eventually, we did find a place that loved the idea.

The bird feeders were built and painted at our recent bridging ceremony. Each family, (at their socially distanced tables), worked as a team in assembling and creating a bird feeder for the project, 10 beautifully crafted and painted feeders in total were created.
Kendyl’s team reached out to local businesses and were able to get birdseed donated for the project. The bird feeders were filled and placed along sidewalks and outside of resident windows at Montage Creek Living Facility in Montrose. The completion of this project gives me great joy as a troop leader.

The delight that the elderly residents can enjoy from watching the antics and activities of different birds is priceless. I am so proud of both Kendyl and also of my troop for supporting her in reaching her goal.

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.

Three Cheers for Animals: Daisy Journey Event

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Daisies, mark your calendars! Troop 70720 is hosting a Zoom Journey in a Day event and we hope to see you there! The plan is to host three events: one in January, one in March, and one in April. While it will look a little different than our past in-person events, we hope it is still going to be a great time and valuable to those who attend. Register here: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/daisy-journey-in-a-day-63534

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.

Brownie Fun Day

Submitted by Melissa Marty

Metro Denver

Thornton

The Woods Service Unit and Troop 62511 are hosting a Virtual Brownie Fun Day. Girls will complete the requirements for the Engineering Journey!

Date: November 7, 2020

Cost: $5/girl, which includes the event fun patch. It doesn’t include any Journey patches. Troops will have to purchase those on their own. Leaders can also purchase fun patches for $3 each.

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Check-in starts at 8:45 a.m. (Zoom information will be sent on November 6)

Supplies will be available for pick-up starting November 1. The time/location is TBD.

Registration:  https://my.cheddarup.com/c/brownie-fun-day-11-7-2020

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.

Seniors of Troop 65659 Earn Sisterhood Award

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Seniors from Troop 65659 joined with two Juliettes to complete Mission: Sisterhood. They all came up with issues they cared about, and then, voted to focus on access to art instruction for youth who are living on the streets and in poverty. The girls believe that making art is a healing process that is truly a need for youth in challenging life circumstances.

They wanted to inspire art teachers of all mediums  (visual arts, theatre, music) to give time by volunteering with organizations that serve youth experiencing homelessness in their local areas. They created a video to explain their project and why it’s important. Then, they got help to create a new Facebook group and recruited art teachers nationwide to see the video and exchange information on how they can volunteer locally. Their group can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/groups/497354454462093 .

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.

Cadettes of Troop 65659 Complete aMAZE Journey

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Cadettes from Troop 65659 joined with two Juliettes to complete the aMAZE Journey. To earn their Diplomat Award, they chose to focus their project on the topic of first impressions. They created a fun story about puppets at a theme park to show viewers why you should not jump to conclusions based on your first impression of a person (or a puppet).

They also addressed how we might give someone who is leaving a bad first impression a chance by helping them, and the consequences of stereotyping a person based on what you see. They agreed to share their video with local neighborhood groups so that other children would be able to enjoy it and learn from it. Their video can be seen at https://youtu.be/jirSh4DmMDo .

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.

Think Like a Citizen Scientist with Johnson & Johnson

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” with Johnson & Johnson on September 19, 2020 from 10 a.m. – noon! Through the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey, girls learn how citizen scientists make observations, collect data, and help scientists conduct scientific research.

Register NOW: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/think_like_a_citizen.html

Registration closes Thursday, September 10 or when we have reached capacity.

At this program, girls will:

  • Hear from a J&J employee about their jobs and career path
  • Observe and collect data about their surroundings as they work on activities from the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey
  • Participate in a citizen science project where they’ll record data about clouds for the GLOBE Observer: Clouds project from NASA
  • Reflect on what they’ve learned and how they can take action

At the end of the event, girls will be encouraged to create a sustainable Take Action project that solves a problem in their community. After the event, girls can plan and create their projects to earn the Take Action award and complete the Journey.

Johnson & Johnson’s generous support of the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors prepares girls to experiment, explore their environment, and push boundaries in healthy ways, all while learning how they can improve the world through STEM.

At this time, this program is open only to active Colorado Girl Scouts. Each Girl Scout must register individually. We will use Zoom to host the program virtually. Instructions for how to prepare at home and instructions on how to log in day of will be emailed to all participants prior to the program.

Level appropriate Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey awards will be mailed to each participating Girl Scout after the program.

If you have any questions about this program, email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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.

Pollinators and citizen science

Submitted by Robin Hill

Metro Denver

Aurora

Ruth and Aspen from Troop 60035 worked on their Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. For a field trip, they participated in a pollinator workshop at the Denver Botanic Gardens. They learned that National Pollinator Week was celebrated in June. Because of COVID-19, the usual events surrounding National Pollinator Week could not be held. That’s when their Take Action Project was born. The girls did a presentation about National Pollinator Week, common pollinators in Colorado, and ways to help pollinators through citizen science. Their presentation was shared with their troop, other troop leaders, and family and friends. They also enjoyed their Scistarter project, an ant picnic, where they examined what “foods” attracted ants. Pictures are from one of the citizen scientist observation games and from their ant picnic.

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: “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Challenges Part Four of Four

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has developed a series of “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Challenges for the week of June 1, 2020. These activities aren’t Girl Scout level-specific. However, they would probably be best for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Each activity correlates with the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journeys and are weather-related.

For your last challenge, you are going to make your own wind vane! Using a paper plate, cup, pencil, and string, girls will create their own wind vane, so they can tell which direction the wind is blowing.

Previous Challenges:

  • Use common household kitchen items to make your own hurricane! Girls will learn about the formation of hurricanes and will be able to see how they form.
  • In the “Climate around the World” experiment, girls will use items in the house and found outside to model different climates around the world and conduct an experiment on how the sun effects the different climates. Girls will learn the difference between weather and climate and explore climates all over the world!
  • Make your own sundial, using a paper plate and pencil. Girls will learn about the rotation of the Earth and how they can use that to tell the time!

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: “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Challenges Part Thee of Four

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has developed a series of “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Challenges for the week of June 1, 2020. These activities aren’t Girl Scout level-specific. However, they would probably be best for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Each activity correlates with the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journeys and are weather-related.

For your next challenge, you are going to make your own sundial, using a paper plate and pencil. Girls will learn about the rotation of the Earth and how they can use that to tell the time!

Previous Challenges:

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: “Think Like an Engineer” Challenges Part Four of Four

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has developed a series of “Think Like an Engineer” Challenges for the week of May 11, 2020. These activities aren’t Girl Scout level-specific. However, they would probably be best for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and younger Cadettes. Each activity correlates with the Think Like an Engineer Journeys as each Journey asks girls to do three design thinking activities, and that’s basically what these are.

Today’s challenge is to build your own parachute to explore air resistance vs. gravity! You will need cups, a coffee filter, shopping bag, and string. Watch this video to see this challenge in action!

Previous Challenges:

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.