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Centennial Cadettes lead self-defense seminar

Submitted by Katie C., Eliza D., Megan L., Madison S., and Olivia R. of Troop 2732

Metro Denver

Centennial

We are the Cadettes of Troop 2732 and for our Silver Award, we educated fellow Girl Scouts about self-awareness and defense. We taught a seminar at Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Lone Tree under the guidance of Fifth Degree Black Belt Clint Asay. Leading up to the event, we spent many hours planning, researching, and training. Our hard work paid off with an amazing event on December 9, 2017. We also have a YouTube channel called “We Are Fierce GS” where people can go to watch our videos for many years to come. Check us out at: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCrHyKphCBUSE32BCAbx2rxQ. Also, check out our VLOG on our YouTube Channel where we tell you more about what we learned while completing our project.

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Microsoft Entrepreneurship Camp

Microsoft invites all Girl Scouts to participate in a special entrepreneurship camp as they celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month at the Microsoft Store on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. This class is perfect for Cadettes interested in earning requirements towards their Entrepreneur Badge. Girl Scouts will walk through a series of engaging hands-on group activities to introduce key business concepts, including:

  • How to create a product or service
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Pricing and costs
  • Manufacturing and distribution

At the end, Girl Scouts will even have a chance to present their business plan and practice their pitching skills.

The event will be held at the Microsoft Store at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. There’s no cost for the event, but girls must register to attend. Please register at aka.ms/GirlScoutCO. Space is limited, so registering early is recommended. Questions? Please contact Jessica Oeleis at Jessica.Oeleis@Microsoft.com.

Cadettes work to complete the “aMAZE” Journey

Submitted by Girl Scout Cadette Troop 59

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

Troop 59 learned a lot from the “aMAZE” Journey.  We learned a lot about friendship, anti-bullying, self-confidence, cliques, stereotypes, and overall social well-being.  Over the winter, we took the “aMAZE” Journey a step further.  Some of the girls in Troop 59 wrote on sidewalks or left notes around school, to encourage people to be kind and happy.  Other girls gave flowers to students to put a smile on their face or passed out blue bows to wear in support of local law enforcement. The project made a positive impact across our community.  We did this to educate ourselves on friendship, make a difference, and prepare for the future.

To conclude, we learned a lot and helped our community in a fun way.  It was an interesting experience.

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Tessa’s Cookie Story

Tessacookie

Submitted by Tessa Baker

Lone Tree

Denver Metro

Hi. My name is Tessa from Junior Troop 59 in Lone Tree and this is my Cookie Story.

Our troop cookie goals are tent camping and canoeing at Horsetooth Reservoir, as well as hotel camping this year.

Our Hometown Hero Cookies are being donated to Ronald McDonald House near Childrens Hospital. We will be cooking and serving breakfast when delivering our cookie donations.

I am becoming more comfortable about talking to customers. My math with counting money and counting back change to customers has improved.

I have enjoyed practicing speed cup stacking and performing this at our cookie booths this year in front of customers.

Thank you for reading my Cookie Story!

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Diana’s Cookie Story

Dianacookie

Submitted by Diana Baker

Lone Tree

Denver Metro

Hi. My name is Diana and I am from Brownie Troop 61226 in Lone Tree.

Our Troop goal is earning money for tent camping and hotel camping this year. I need to sell 170 boxes to help reach this goal.

Our Home Town Hero Cookies are being donated to Animal Shelter Volunteers.

I have learned that when you sing songs, have decorated signs and wear cookie costumes, you get more customers. Customers like energy!

My new skill is how to count back change to customers.

Thank you for reading my Cookie Story!

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Brownies visit horse rescue center

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree Brownie Girl Scout Troops 59 & 1226

Denver Metro

Last spring, our new Brownie Girl Scout Emily K. wrote on our Troop Bucket List that she would like to visit a Horse Rescue with her Girl Scout sisters.  The girls unanimously requested to have the opportunity to learn more about horse care and go horseback riding, but the idea of visiting a Horse Rescue had not occurred to me as a Troop Leader in a larger city area.  We put a plan in motion for our girls to first have the opportunity to visit a rescue, then go horseback riding and maybe attend a rodeo together later this year.

Planning a visit to a Horse Rescue is easier said then done.  Some facilities do not conduct tours with the public due to the sad horse cases they often work with and there are only a few Horse Rescues near where we live.  We were fortunate to come in contact with teacher Marion Nagle from our school district who volunteers her time at a rescue, including education to help prevent future abuse of horses.  (This particular rescue is about to move to Florida in two months, so we scheduled our tour just in time.)

Last week, our Lone Tree Girl Scouts broke out of the suburbs and embarked on a fieldtrip to the countryside to visit the Front Range Equine Rescue.  Our city slickers learned more about horses then they originally bargained and hope to share awareness with other Girl Scout families.

Here are some startling facts shared directly from the rescue’s annual calendar:

With at least 80% of Americans opposed to horse slaughter, it’s hard to fathom why over 140,000 American horses are brutally killed each year for human consumption.  Front Range Equine Rescue took the lead during 2012-2013 when U.S. horse slaughter plants attempted to open.  It was Front Range’s legal strategies and lawsuits at the state and federal level which delayed any plant from opening.  Still, every year over 140,000 of America’s horses are slaughtered in Canada, Mexico and Japan.

America’s horses are not raised as a food animal.  The products and medications given to them over the course of their lifetime makes then unfit for human consumption – dangerous to deadly depending on what they have ingested.  Horse owners commonly use wormer, fly spray, vaccinations, antibiotics, and medications like Bute, Banamine, DMSO, and Fura-zone to treat horses.  All of these products (and over 100 other substances) are banned for use in animals meant for human consumption.  

Thousands of horses could be spared a trip to slaughter each year by ending the unnecessary Premarin industry (women have many alternatives for hormone replacement therapy) and reinstating full protections for wild horses. 

Our girls continued on to learn about how young horses are used to receive trophies and then put in to auctions as they age, become injured or are exposed to contagious diseases.  There is a buyer at many of these auctions, with the sole purpose of purchasing horses to ship for meat.  When unable to keep a horse, owners have many options other than dumping a horse at auction where the risk is high for any horse to be purchased for slaughter.

Understanding what it takes to care for a horse and the long-term commitment is crucial to preventing future abuse of an animal who is not a predator.  Horses want the chance to be loved.

The girls discussed ways they can help make a difference for horse rescue by spreading awareness, volunteering at rescue centers or with horse stables working with special needs kids, raising money to donate toward efforts and reporting any known abuse.  Hilary Wood, Founder of Front Range Equine Rescue, adopted her first abused horse at the age of 21.  Our young Girl Scouts can make a difference and they are quickly learning this through the educational experiences we offer them.  Thank you Front Range Equine Rescue!

Girls from our Troop reading the story ‘Black Beauty’ this summer will have special recognition.  “If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” author Anna Sewell.  Girl Scouts can be part of the solution.

Later this summer, our Girl Scouts have a surprise horseback riding camp planned.  Parents have been keeping very quiet as we know the girls will scream with excitement!

Brownies celebrate Earth Day

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree Brownie Girl Scout Troops 59 & 1226

Our Lone Tree Brownies chose to do a Tree Planting on their Troop Bucket List.  The tricky part was coming up with locations to plant the trees and then asking for tree donations from area garden centers to support the girls in their efforts.  We were able to plant one 7-foot shade tree at their home school, Acres Green Elementary, and three fruit trees at a brand new community garden in our neighborhood!

The weather started off sunny as the kids dug in to plant the tree at their school.  Then, the clouds opened up on them when small showers turned into rain pour, as we moved on to the 3-tree plantings in the community garden.  The Girl Scout motto is, “Be Prepared,” so we had ponchos, rain boots and weather applications running to deal with the rain and watch for more severe weather.  Kids were given the opportunity to wait out some of the rain while adults got gardening gear organized.  However, the Girl Scouts opted to jump in and got started wheelbarrowing dirt across the garden and compacting mud around newly placed trees.  Phrase of the day was, “Girl Scouts like to get dirty!”

Soaked and a little cold, we had to mark this memory with a group photo and then took shelter for snack and a creamy reward for the scouts’ efforts.  Earth Day snack was an old fashion Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, where the kids spit seeds and then the distance is measured.  The creamy reward followed, where each kid was given a Reddi Wip tin pie to smash in our Co-leaders’ faces.  The pies were originally planned for top cookie sellers only but all the kids earned with their perseverance in a wet situation.

The girls learned on Earth Day it is important to make extra effort to complete some kind of environmental project.  That they can turn rain into rainbows with their service and scouts know how to “Get Dirty!” and persevere.

Their next service project is putting together gift bags for up to 25 women at Denver Safe House to celebrate Mothers Day!

 

 

The LEGO Americana Roadshow

Submitted by

Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree Girl Scouts

Park Meadows Mall is hosting The LEGO Americana Roadshow April 11-26 in Lone Tree, Colorado.  This is the only stop for the roadshow in our state.  National Monuments are located on the lower level of the mall.  Have your children grab a scavenger hunt map inside the LEGO store and locate facts about each LEGO Monument.  Return to the LEGO store at the end of the hunt to submit the form for a small free poster.

There is also an area with multiple LEGO tables set up for free building fun and two racing ramps to race LEGO cars with friends.  You might be fortunate and be able to speak with a LEGO Expert visiting with the roadshow.

Our Lone Tree Brownies visited for a special “scouts only” tour on Saturday, April 11th and earned a “Block Building” fun patch (with graphics of LEGOS) that can be ordered from the Fun Patches Catalog.  There are a couple of contests open to the public, such as guessing the number of bricks used to build the Nations Capitol and for best Instagram photos taken at the event.  A free Lincoln Memorial Mini Build is scheduled for the weekend of April 18-19 (12:00-4:00).  Lines are expected to be very long (1-2 hour wait time).

Remember to visit the LEGO displays along the hallways of the upper level of Park Meadows Mall as well.  These models are smaller in scale from the monuments, but have more detail including the famous LEGOS movie characters and Mount Rushmore.  Enjoy!

Brownies earn Computer Expert Badge

 

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree

Troops 59 & 1226

My Girl Scout daughters chose to work on their Brownies Computer Expert Badge at our local Microsoft retail store on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  Their thinking was that it might be fun to earn this badge while working with the latest technology.  They were right!

The Microsoft tech opened with sharing a little history about the evolution of computers with parent input.  Then, the girls learned how to paint a picture using a computer art program, take a world adventure picking different countries to explore, and how to play Mojang for more computer fun.  Girls learned about fun new computer programs and where some computer experts are that they can speak with if they have any questions.

As a Troop Leader, I would recommend troops with a few girls attend this event together or with their parents.  These classes are free and can have a number of participants requiring girls to share the technology.  Maybe speak with your local Microsoft store to see if they can schedule a private class, if attending with a larger troop.  The Computer Expert Badge was a two-hour class and adults were asked to remain in the store during the session.  Each participating Girl Scout received a completion certificate, Microsoft goodie bag, and fun patch.

Thank you Microsoft for providing these unique learning opportunities for our youth!

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Rachel Jeffries, Lone Tree, “Self -Worth and the Underfed”

Rachel Jeffries pic

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed two key issues in my community: hunger and self-worth. Hunger, although usually associated with third-world countries, is a global concern that impacts all communities, even the relatively prosperous. Secondly, I wanted my project to be more than an impersonal act of service and, therefore, more than just a food drive. I recognized that a Gold Award project needed to be more sustainable than a food drive, so I wanted to be able to do something more which might have a lasting impact on the personal mindsets of those who utilize the food pantry at Pax Christi Catholic Church.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

Growing up in California, my dad’s family did not have the best financial situation. He has often talked about how this impacted his self-esteem, feeling like he was not as good as other people because he could not afford to have the same things and eat the same food. Thus, for the second main component of my project, I coordinated a volunteer event for volunteers to make stickers with encouraging messages and then put a sticker on every donated item that had been collected in the food drive. By doing this, I hoped that my project would not only bolster the St. Elizabeth Food Pantry, but also the self- worth of the individuals going there for food.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

An immediate impact of my project was that Pax Christi had just created space for a food pantry and now needed to stock it. My project’s efforts stocked the pantry with more than 300 donated items. My project also raised awareness in the local community that a new food pantry was in existence and ready to serve those in need. Between speaking at a Girl Scout meeting, Facebook posts, hosting a sticker event, reaching out to other food banks, having a canned food drive at Valor Christian High School and organizing a “stocking the pantry day,” I believe approximately 100 people now know about this food pantry. With the intention of this project being sustainable, it is my hope that my project continues to stock the St. Elizabeth pantry and in small ways boosters the self-esteem of those who are probably seeking assistance when they are not feeling so good about their situation or themselves.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

As a result of my project, I gained practical life skills (communication skills, flexibility), sought challenges in the world (hunger, low self-esteem), and developed critical thinking. My project helped me grow as a leader because it taught me how to use critical thinking to resolve problems stemming from miscommunication and scheduling conflicts, so that my project might still be completed in a timely manner. My project helped me grow as a leader in this outcome because I had to resolve scheduling conflicts, so that the food drive might be completed on time and as many different volunteers as possible could attend the sticker event. Also, when I returned with a group of seniors from Valor to stock the pantry and review the donated items, I had to encourage cooperation and teamwork so that we might finish the tasks as efficiently as possible.

How did you make your project sustainable?

In order to ensure that my project be sustained, I have reached out to other local area food banks to share my project. My hope in doing this is that other organizations will recreate my project at their respective food pantries. I created a booklet providing more information on my project which could be used as a guide to do this. I also have reached out to the Youth Director at Pax Christi Catholic Church. Every year, the Pax Christi youth group hosts a food collection before the Super Bowl to benefit the Pax Christi food pantry. My hope is that the youth group will incorporate my project into this annual effort. So, instead of only hosting the food collection, they might also have a “sticker event” after the completion of the collection, similar to my project.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I chose hunger as the primary issue focus for my project because it has an impact everywhere. Approximately one in nine people world-wide do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. In Colorado, nearly one in seven people face times when there is not enough money to buy sufficient food for their families. Obviously, low self esteem happens to every one, no matter where one lives. Yet, for those who are underfed, a low self esteem can have a long term impact on one’s feeling of self worth. Various articles I read shared that daily criticism tears down one’s feelings of self-worth, and daily affirmations can improve one’s self-esteem. I sought to raise self-esteem through the stickers of affirmation. Every one can use a pat on the back, and note of support regardless of age, income, gender, or zip code.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the obstacles the most. When I started this project I had a set timeline in mind for when I wanted to complete it. However, I found that as I had to work with my personal school and studies schedule, the schedule of the youth minister and food pantry at Pax Christi, the schedule of the Junior troop I worked with, my high school, my Girl Scout liaison, and contacts at other local food pantries, I had to adjust my timeline. Sometimes these readjustments led me to have to move forward or backward the next steps in my projects. I overcame this obstacle by remaining flexible. I tried to stay focused on the end-goal of my project–creating a sustainable project that supported a local food bank and valued the worth of others.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

As a person who usually prefers for things to be very neatly structured, I learned that I can adapt when things do not necessarily go according to plan and still fulfill my initial purpose. Also, I am not one who is comfortable speaking in front of others or reaching out to new people, so this project stretched me because I had to communicate with various groups in order to coordinate food drives and the sticker volunteer event.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I found that the Gold Award was the cumulative project of all things Girl Scouts. In reflecting back on my Girl Scout experience since elementary school, I think that just about every activity I participated in provided the foundation upon which I was able to visualize, plan and carry out my Gold Award project–learning new skills, leading others, challenging myself, and service to others.

***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