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 email@example.com.
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
The Girl Scout Silver Award, one of the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn. These are words many young Girl Scouts hear and often imagine achieving. A few years back my troop went from about twelve girls to four in about a month. We were all just about to start our Silver Award project. All of the sudden, the project was all on the remaining four of us. We didn’t always get along, but we always tried to make it fun. I discovered that I am very good at procrastinating, not the best thing to realize! But, I also learned that when I put everything I’ve got into something, it will turn out awesome. That’s what happened with the bench my troop made for our group Silver Award project. It involved a lot of phone calls, shopping trips, paperwork and Saturday afternoons. We made it as a memorial for a teacher who worked for one of our community’s preschools. Eventually after a lot of hard work we finished, and it was definitely worth it.
Five girls in Troop 841 based in Littleton have earned their Bronze Award. The girls spent the year learning about serving others and cooking. For their project, they decided to cook a meal for the families at Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. Throughout the year they planned the meal and learned how they can serve others. They chose a recipe, determined how much food to buy to serve 70, shopped, prepared and served the food to the families. They also cleaned up.
The girls had to work together to make decisions during the project. They had to be considerate of each other and the families they cooked for. They showed caring with the time, thought and effort put into the meal. They chose to use the money they earned from cookie sales to fund the event. They were excited to be helping others.
Congratulations to Shaelee, Amber, Evalynn, Jocelynn and Kate.