The last week of Day Camp in the Denver Metro area was a big hit! The theme at this Clement Park Day Camp was Science in Our World, which allowed campers to experience many new and exciting types of science. Girls explored aerodynamics with paper airplanes, sound with various objects, gooey science, flight with balloons and nature. We even had a visit from a counselor’s pets Raspberry and Licorice, two awesome tortoises the made the nature aspect of camp even more special. Campers also had the chance to participate in many camp wide science themed activities throughout the week. They made magic milk, life size bubbles, film canister rockets, gravity goo and the solar bag. Each station was a hands on way for girls to learn more about different types of science. It also gave girls the chance to meet new friends from different units. Sadly, the end of the week brought the end of another Day Camp season. The end of camp was bittersweet. Staff and campers were sad to say goodbye, but at the same time were proud of everything the accomplished. It was the perfect ending to another memorable camp season.
It’s sticky. It’s icky. It’s Oopy Goopy Science week! Day camp this week featured a variety of hands-on activities that taught girls about science. And of course things got messy along the way! The week started with each unit talking about the basics of science. This allowed campers to get a feel for their knowledge of science as well as brainstorm things they want to learn more about. Activities this week included density jars, many types of dough, solar beads, solar balloon, making paint, oobleck, making lab coats, tye dye, learning about sound, dissecting diapers, and many more hands-on experiments! Girls learned a lot about the different types of science that they can study, and walked away from camp understanding that science is a fun and exciting thing for young women to be involved in.
This week also brought an interesting twist. July 25th landed in the middle of the week which meant campers took a few hours to hang up their lab coats and put on a Christmas in July celebration. Unit three organized a party in which we played with fake snow, decorated a nearby tree, made ornaments, and learned about some Christmas traditions celebrated amongst the group. This also opened up the conversation about what other types of holidays and traditions we celebrate with our families and friends. At the end of the afternoon, there was even a surprise visit from Santa.
Friday brought some memorable gooey all camp activities. The morning was spent in units, and the afternoon was spent in stations. Stations included making and testing various shapes and sizes of bubble wands; making colorful artwork out of bubble prints; understating sublimation with smoke filled bubbles; and some hands-on action with an experiment called vampire veins. Closing circle ended differently this week as each girl made a wish and blew bubbles into the wind. It was the perfect send off to a great week at Dekovend Park.
Submitted by Shoshana Nash
Coronado Elementary School – Littleton
You covered this awhile back on Facebook, but FYI… the project was chosen and submitted it for a Junior Citizen award and we won local, then state, and then national. Go Girl Scouts!
Despite the article, the win is definitely NOT only Troop 4451’s, it is the win of every Girl Scout and Girl Scout Leader at Coronado Elementary who made this event possible… without their support it wouldn’t have happened! Troop 4451 conceived and hosted, but over 70 girls and many leaders attended and donated to the cause!
For us, the best part was the end result. Troop 4451 shipped 600 flags overseas to deserving men and women. It was so great showing the girls that women can be strong and DO something. The servicewomen who joined us were nothing short of inspiring and having financial support from strong women groups, such as the ALA and DAR, further showed the Girl Scouts that strength. Finally, seeing all the different ages of Girl Scouts in one place, so many leaders, and supporters of Girl Scouts helps to make what we do at every meeting so much more amazing and enriches the experience. The girls know that they can continue on and they aren’t alone or uncool. The servicewomen were past Girl Scouts and the girls had stars in their eyes. But the end result was not empowering our group of girls, it was the work they did… it was significant, worthwhile, notable, and unexpected. Now, we hope they walk through their Girl Scout career trying to think of ways of making the world a better place in a large, tangible way.
We are thankful that it shines light on the good that Girl Scouts and the Coronado community are doing! We are also very thankful for the support of the school, the many Girl Scouts and leaders, and the ALA and DAR.
Troop 256 embraced the Breathe Journey and addressed the Jefferson County and Douglas County School Boards regarding diesel emissions from idling school buses.
The girls spent two months gathering data on the habits of school bus drivers who drop students off at their schools. What they found was that several buses idled for more than three minutes in front of the school buildings, exposing students, parents and school employees to harmful diesel emissions.
They made a recommendation of enforcing a policy that allows buses to idle for only one minute or less in front of a school.
“By reducing the idling time to less than a minute, the districts could see a minimum of $230 in fuel savings per school per year.: Both the Jeffco and the Dougco boards received the public comment from the girls with interest and promised to further investigate the practices of their school bus drivers.
Furthermore, the girls were approached by several officials of Jefferson County to continue a project and possibly help with writing policy next year.
The secret to the Girl Scout Cookie Program is what’s in the box, and I don’t mean the cookies!
To some the secret might be just a wagon full of cookies and a smile! As Evelyn, Brownie Girl Scout from Lakewood and Auburn, Daisy Girl Scout from Littleton demonstrated on Sunday, January 27th as cookies kicked off!
What is really in a box of cookies? Selling cookies teaches 5 skills; goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics-aspects that are essential to leadership and to life.
So . . .just how does the cookie crumble here in Colorado? What happens to that $3.50 a customer pays for a package of cookies? $1.84 is used for local (Colorado) Girl Scout programming $0.92 pays the bakery for the product $0.72 goes to the troop as proceeds (starting at $0.60/pkg) and recognitions, and $0.02 is other sale costs
What was my secret to selling cookies? Being an older Girl Scout (5th-12th grade) was tough! We used to buddy up and hit as many apartment buildings (especially ones with stairs) as we could during door to door presales (no Cookies Now! then) because we knew they were less likely to already have been asked.
The theme of the cookie program this year is What can a girl do? So share with us, just what can a girl do? What was or is your secret to a successful cookie program?
Earlier this spring it was announced that Littleton Girl Scout Troop 2198 had won a Disney Friends for Change grant, which was going to help the troop with their Girl Scout Silver Award project. (Read the earlier story.) Their story was featured on Denver’s 9NEWS (pictured above) as well.
Troop 2198 is passionate about helping end animal abuse. Their Silver Award project is centered around raising awareness of responsible pet ownership. After collecting items in the spring for Adoptions Angels, Troop 2198 is taking their Silver Award project a step further by helping initiate the first-ever Woof Walk during the Summerset Festival in Littleton’s Clement Park on Sept. 16th. The troop has been busy this summer organizing their efforts, and invites all Girl Scout dogs and their owners across the state to join them for a morning of fun! Registration materials can be downloaded here: 2012 Woof Walk Brochure-final.
Congratulations, Troop 2198, on a great project!
Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado
For their Bronze Award project, Junior Troop 256 built a potter’s bench for Jennifer, a woman they met who was left a quadriplegic (she has limited use of her arms and hands) after an unfortunate diving accident nearly three years ago. Through a very honest and open conversation with Jennifer, the girls learned that one thing she misses a lot is gardening. They were determined to do something to make her life a little nicer. With the help of Eric Orton (the troop leader’s husband), the girls learned many new skills. They made every cut, every drill hole, and every measure. They chiseled, sanded and varnished. They learned how to use a miter saw provided by MiterSawCorner.com, jigsaw, table saw and power drill. They also learned how to use a wood burning tool and they each initialed the bench. They learned how to use these devises safely and used every precaution to keep injury from happening. They finished the project with only one minor injury and all digits left in place!
It is a sturdy bench made out of recycled fencing. They made a sliding shelf that holds a container for her dirt. They made different sized templates for various sized pots so Jennifer doesn’t have to try to hold the pot steady, it’s held in place for her. They worked in shifts for three weeks (64 girl hours) to finish the project and had the distinct pleasure of presenting the bench to Jennifer at their annual Court of Awards ceremony in May.
“It was amazing to see the girls leave their comfort zone and successfully learn many new and scary skills. They all lead very busy lives, but each one found the time and dedication to build this bench. They kept Jennifer in the forefront of their mind and each one was pleased at the prospect of bringing a little joy to this woman’s life,” said Cindy Orton, their troop leader.
At the Award Ceremony, each girl was asked to speak about one thing she learned over the course of the project. One of the most profound answers came from Sophie…”I learned that you have to be a pretty amazing woman to break your neck, nearly die, end up in a wheelchair and still hold your head up high!”
The bench was delivered and Jennifer has already potted several flowers.
While on the path to earning their Silver Award, team “Adoption Angels” won a national grant from Disney Friends for Change. The team’s goal is to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership as well as resources to help reduce animal abuse in our community. Out of 700 entries nationally, Troop 2198 was one of 50 that were able to secure the grant for their project.
Phase 1: Participated in Global Youth Action Day, April 22. During this one-day service project, Adoption Angels gathered more than 300 items valued at more than $600 to benefit local shelters.
Phase 2: Adoption Angels is launching a first-annual “Woof Walk” in conjunction with the Summerset Festival (more than 10,000 attendees overall) on Sept. 16, 2012. The proceeds from this walk will benefit local animal shelters. For more information regarding Woof Walk, please contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media coverage the girls received on their project and grant:
Girl Scout Troop 42 members recently earned their Bronze Award, which is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout (grades 4th and 5th) can earn. For their Bronze Award “Take Action” project, the girls decided to make the world a better place by helping animals in their community. They researched different shelters, explored ways they could help, and chose The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) in Keenesburg, Colorado. The girls learned about TWAS’s mission: “to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals which are abandoned or that are subject to deprivation or neglect by providing care and boarding for such animals.”
At Troop meetings, the girls shared some of TWAS’s animal rescue stories. They decided to help TWAS by donating money they earned from cookies sales to sponsor two animals and also gathering items from TWAS’s “wish list.” Some of the girls earned money around their homes or at lemonade stands and purchased things like laundry detergent, trash bags and paper products as well as lots of food items and some gathered donations from the community like towels and blankets.
The Girl Scouts reached out to Ken Caryl pet supply store Woofs and Hoofs. Tamara Lenherr, the owner of Woofs and Hoofs, was extremely generous in donating over 180 pounds of dog food for the bears and other animals at TWAS. Lenherr is very well versed when it comes to quality animal nutrition, and a lot of her products are all natural or organic. Lenherr says, “animals continually teach me and remind me every day to live in the moment and make the most of life.”
Troop members visited TWAS and learned about the dangerous problem of “captive wildlife,” where lions, tigers, leopards, bears, wolves and other wild species are kept as pets or in exploitive conditions. The girls were sad to learn far more tigers are kept privately (not in licensed facilities) in the United States than remain in the wild.
Troop #42 Members:
Mary Frances Blatter