Tag Archives: Journeys

Multi-level Troop 65659 starts blog for and by people experiencing homelessness

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout Cadette Elizabeth completed the “Think Like an Engineer” Journey with the help of her multi-level troop. She planned a blog to help improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the Denver Metro area. First, they used the Design Thinking Process (identify the problem, brainstorm, design, and test) to make a life vest for a dog,  camp cabin, and model elephant prosthetic. Next, they identified the causes of community problems with the question “But why?” They identified the problem they wanted to address: people experiencing homelessness . The girls came up with many questions about the problem. They learned that in 2019, 5,755 people were living in shelters or on the streets in the seven-county region and 946 people were staying in “unsheltered” locations, such as outside in tents, parks, vehicles, or underpasses.

Elizabeth and her troop thought making a blog and a comic to educate and inspire were both good ideas, so they chose to do both. They chose to make a blog with their comics to advocate for the un-housed in our community to help create understanding and compassion. Her idea was that if people learned more about how homelessness can happen, why it continues, and what is needed, the whole community, including people experiencing homelessness, will benefit from the knowledge being shared.

To make the project sustainable, the girls wanted individuals experiencing homelessness themselves to be able to contribute to the blog. The troop leader contacted The Delores Project, which provides safe, comfortable shelter and services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. The Delores Project staff was delighted to learn about the blog and how individuals could share their experiences and feelings anonymously. Individuals can contribute by commenting on one of the girls’ comics, or by working with a staff member to submit a blog entry of their own.

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Participate in a national textile project: The Violet Protest

Submitted by Ann Morton

Phoenix, AZ

The Violet Protest is a public effort to send 50 hand-made textile squares to each and every member of the 2021, 117th Congress in support of these core American values: civility and respect, citizenship, compromise, country over party and corporate influence, courage, candor, compassion, and creativity.

The call for the Violet Protest is for makers from across the United States to make 8″ x 8″ squares using a variety of textile techniques. Girl Scouts could sew, crochet, knit, quilt of embroider their squares, but specifically, the Violet Protest can provide a tutorial for a workshop on how to make a “no-sew” square using re-purposed jeans, iron-on adhesive, and scraps of blue and red fabrics. Learning includes whatever textile technique they might employ to make their squares. For the “no-sew” technique, girls will learn color composition, collage, and possibly embroidery techniques. Machine or hand-stitched embellishments are optional.

Participation in the Violet Protest aligns with the Journey Series “It’s Your World-Change it!” Specifically, Brownie Quest for Brownies, Agent of Change for Juniors, and Your Voice, Your World for Ambassadors. Potential badges to be earned are “Artist” or “Craft” under Life Skills – specifically Collage or Textile Artist under the Senior badges. Also, this project could align with the “Girl Scout Way” series of badges for all levels of Girl Scouts because as part of the making activity of the squares, Girl Scouts will review the project’s core values for which their square is being sent to Congress to support.

Leaders can visit the project website:
www.violetprotest.com Through the website, leaders can sign up and then receive an information packet and tags that Girl Scouts will attach to each square they make.

For further questions, leaders should connect directly with the artist organizing this project, Ann Morton at ann@violetprotest.com.

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Cadette MEdia Art Show

Submitted by Sarah Benjamin

Metro Denver

Littleton

Cadette Troop 61353 completed the MEdia Journey by going to an art studio and making personal collages, voicing positive messages against negativity in the media. Their work will be on display at In-TEA Teahouse in downtown Littleton to educate the public about this issue.

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“Three Cheers for Animals” Journey event

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 hosted a Daisy Journey in a Day event! They had 21 Daisies at their event and six girls from Troop 70720, who were running the event. They had Dr. Agone from Animal House speak to the Daisies about animal care. The girls had several stations and small talks prepared about animals and animal care as well. Their big finale was painting feral cat boxes for Fort Collins Spay and Neuter Clinic. The older girls had prepped them and put them together and all the Daisies got to enjoy decorating and painting them. Troop 70720 delivered the cat boxes to the cat rescue. There will be some happy and warm homeless kitties this winter.

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Junior “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Where better to earn your Junior “Think Like An Engineer” Journey than at Tomahawk Ranch! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp.

Who: Girl Scout Junior troops or Juliettes with adult

Dates: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

When: Arrive at 3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Depart at 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey- enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

Cost: $70 per girl $40 per adult. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate. Price does not include Journey award patches.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

During this fun Journey camp, Juniors will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three design thinking activities to explore hands-on what it’s like to think like an engineer. You will also receive the materials needed for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community to complete their Take Action Project are complete their Journey!

Register/pay online
https://junior-think-like-an-engineer-journey-in-a-day.cheddarup.com or mail in registration form below.

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Brownie “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Camping, Journeys, and Girl Scout sisters~ Oh My! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp as you earn your “Think Like An Engineer” Journey!

Who: Girl Scout Brownie troops or Juliettes with adult chaperone

Dates: Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 25, 2020

When: Arrive at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Depart at 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey– enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

During this Journey camp, Brownies will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three “design” thinking activities to explore hands-on what it is like to think like an engineer. You will also receive materials for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community for their Take Action Project to complete their Journey.

Cost: $70 per girl, $40 per adult- price does not include Journey patches. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7

Register/pay online: https://browniethinklikeanengineer.cheddarup.com

Email cross.maria.e@gmail.com with questions.

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Daisy “Three Cheers for Animals” Journey in a Day events

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Fort Collins

Northern & Northeastern CO

Coming to Northern Colorado: Two separate chances for Girl Scout Daisies to participate in a “Three Cheers for Animals” Journey in a Day event!

Where: The Ranch

When: November 10, 2019 or January 5, 2020- Both events run from 1 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $25 if no patches are wanted and cost is $32 with patches

A mixed group of Cadettes and Seniors will be leading the activities! A guest speaker from the Animal House coming to talk about animal care. Girls will also do a special project to help feral cats in the community.

November 10 signup: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1psEbq5zbiSgc_LZPvtfyVM5-5-W8V2EK/view?usp=sharing

** We still have some limited space for November 10 date. If you can’t make that one, you’ll get a second chance on January 5.

January 5 signup: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UVuRNisqSLzbq6SAA2b5sxOPXbK_mNyb

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Troop 65659’s “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” project

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Multi-level Troop 65659 completed the “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Journey. They made a field guide of the Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch and when all the pages were in a report cover, they all signed it and gifted it to the girl whose idea it was to complete the Journey. They chose iNaturalist as their SciStarter project and went back to the Nature Center to complete their observations of biodiversity including ants, cactuses, ladybugs, beetles, dragonflies, several species of butterflies, cattails, and mallard ducks. Their observations were uploaded to the iNaturalist website, which uses software and volunteers to help identify species, and the data the girls contributed will help scientists track changes in biodiversity.

The girls chose illegal off-leash dog walking as their issue for their Take Action project and brainstormed how it bothers other people. They decided to make a video with dancing and singing to educate people about the issue. The troop leader helped them survey neighbors online and then, the girls sang a song about why dogs should be leashed to the tune of “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by Baha Men. They added their own skit to the video, and local service dog handler Aziza agreed to help by speaking in the video about her experiences with off-leash dogs, some of which threatened her safety. The survey and video got neighbors to start discussing the issue after being posted to Nextdoor. Through the process of making the video, the girls and families learned more about where dogs are allowed to be off leash.

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“Think Like an Engineer” event for Brownies

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Come join Troop 70720! Bring your troop and participate in a “Think Like an Engineer” event for Brownies!

When: November 2, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. to noon OR 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Ranch in the McKee Building (5280 Arena Circle Loveland)

Cost: $20 per girl, includes badge

This is not a drop off event, please bring your leader or adult with you.

Register at: https://brownie-journey-in-a-day-think-like-an-engineer.cheddarup.com

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Mentoring younger girls through Journeys

Submitted by Meredith Locke

Northern & Northeastern CO

Lafayette

Join Troop 2235 this year as they mentor younger troops through a variety of Journeys. The girls are excited to learn leadership skills and pass on the confidence they have learned to younger girls through the Junior Journey “aMuse!,” Cadette “Breathe,” and Brownie “Brownie Quest”Journeys!

October 20, 2019 aMuse! Journey

https://junior-amuse-journey-22112.cheddarup.com

November 17, 2019 Breathe Journey

https://cadette-breathe-journey.cheddarup.com

March 15, 2020 aMuse! Journey

https://junior-amuse-journey-94829.cheddarup.com

April 26, 2019 Brownie Quest Journey

https://brownie-brownie-quest-journey.cheddarup.com

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