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Girl Scouts Make Bee-utiful Bee Hotels!

On Saturday, June 26, Girl Scouts in Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Longmont gathered to build their own bee hotels and learn other ways to protect the habitats of Colorado’s most prodigious pollinators: solitary bees!

Part of GSCO’s new Gardening Patch Program, building bee hotels is a fun and creative way to spend time outside and take action to benefit wildlife. If you’d like to build your own bee hotel, check out this video:

GSCO’s next outdoor meet up will be in July. Come join us and other Girl Scouts in creating some Outdoor Art masterpieces. Craft a windchime to make music using the wind, go on a photographic scavenger hunt, and/or paint using nature as your inspiration. Girl Scouts working on their Outdoor Art badge of any level can apply these activities towards earning their badge!

Register here:

Denver Outdoor Art Meet Up, Saturday, July 24, 10–11 a.m.

Monument Outdoor Art Meet Up, Saturday, July 24, 10–11 a.m.

Grand Junction Outdoor Art Meet Up, Saturday, July 31, 10– 11 a.m.

Loveland Outdoor Art Meet Up, Saturday, July 31, 10–11 a.m.

 

Highlands Ranch Girl Scout Awarded Medal of Honor from Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scout Tessa Baker, a 15-year-old from Highlands Ranch, has been awarded Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)’s prestigious Medal of Honor for helping save a fellow student’s life in February 2021. Tessa didn’t hesitate and jumped into action when a classmate appeared to be having a seizure during an algebra lesson. As the teacher pressed the emergency call button, the student began to fall out of her desk. Tessa ran to help.

“Everyone else was in shock. She (Tessa) knew we needed to lay the student on the floor, so the fall wouldn’t cause an injury. I moved the student to the floor with Tessa’s help,” Brent Murray, teacher at Highlands Ranch High School, wrote in a letter to GSUSA. “I don’t think I could have done it all by myself.”

Emergency personnel took over once they arrived in the classroom and the student is now doing well.

“I was so happy to have Tessa in that class. Tessa was so calm and collected. She was also very knowledgeable about what to do in such a situation,” Murray also wrote.

Girl Scouts of the USA awards the Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.”

“I feel honored to receive this recognition. I hope that other girls see this as an example of what Girl Scouts can do and how we can apply what we learn here to our everyday life,” wrote Tessa.

In March 2016, Katie Hurley of Northglenn was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving her mother’s life after her glucose levels dropped to a life-threatening level. Later that same year, Katelyn Ibarra from Steamboat Springs was also awarded the Medal of Honor for saving numerous lives after a city bus crashed.

Tessa is also a Silver Award Girl Scout. She earned the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school by completing a project called “Hoops for Athletes.” While watching her older brother play at a unified basketball tournament, she was sad to see that some athletes were using trash cans as makeshift basketball hoops. Tessa didn’t like the message trash can hoops gave to athletes with limited physical abilities, as well as to game spectators. In the spirit of inclusion, Tessa, along with her sister Diana, replaced the trash cans with height friendly basketball hoops at area Douglas County schools.

What’s next for Tessa? In just a few days, she will attend Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp at Tomahawk Ranch as a counselor in training.

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.

Bronze Award Project: You are Invited

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Four Juniors in multi-level Troop 65659 came together in 2020 with a goal: earn the Bronze Award. They finished the aMUSE Journey online, culminating in a play they created to bust the stereotype that firefighters are male (https://youtu.be/I8lFJo2C3C4).

Meeting online once or twice per month, they built their team, virtually toured their neighborhoods, observed eleven problems, and interviewed experts. In December, they finalized their choice: children being left out and socially excluded.

They started 2021 with a vision to address feeling left out: “Happy, Helping, Gathering, Respect Others’ Feelings, Feel Welcomed, Respect others, Speaking to each other, Go somewhere and talk.” They said their goal for the project was to include “horses” and “campfires.” Julianna had an idea to help children feel welcome: a “Kindness Board” where each youth would write something positive about another and post it for everyone to see.

In March and April, despite two of the girls being unable to continue with the project, Juniors Kennedy and Julianna continued undaunted and created the You Are Invited Club for all children and youth who feel left out and excluded.

They personally visited two nonprofit farms that provide classes and programming to youth in the community and asked the owners to host their club. They were so grateful that both farms said yes! They made videos to advertise their new program (https://youtu.be/AsAyz1uar9c and https://youtu.be/wgIXa2KL91c).

Once the new club was publicized by each farm, Kennedy and Julianna got together for a mini-pizza party to create a poster, write thank you notes, and celebrate their accomplishment that was a year and a half in the making.

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.

Gold Award Candidate Collecting Items for Mary’s Homes of Hope

Submitted by Ciara Marie L., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Lakewood

I am a Girl Scout from Troop 63449. For my Gold Award, I am helping Mary’s Homes of Hope educate the community and nation about single mothers and women, and some of the struggles that they face. I created a website for Mary’s Homes of Hope at www.maryshomesofhope.com to spread awareness about single mothers and women in need of support. In turn, I have collected many donations of baby supplies and household items on a Target registry that were donated to Mary’s Homes of Hope for the women who live there. Also, I held a donation drive at St. Bernadette Catholic Parish on June 6, 2021 for parishioners and the community to come and donate any supplies Mary’s Homes of Hope may need. We received more than 150 different items of household, office, and baby supplies for Mary’s Homes of Hope and we are so grateful. I hope to make a positive impact in my community and the world by addressing this issue that is important to me since it will also allow me to grow, learn, and help change the community and the world one step at a 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.

GSCO Summer 2021 Swim Party

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado at Pirates Cove for our annual Girl Scout swim party on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Bring a friend and show them some of the fun that Girl Scouts have to offer. This is also a great opportunity to have a kick-off for your troop before the school year starts!

Register today as space is limited: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/july26_gsco_summer_s.html

The cost is $8/person. You have the option to purchase an event patch for $3/person.

Pirates Cove offers a leisure pool with a large play structure, a 25-meter, six-lane pool, a 35-foot slide tower with three slides, a lazy river, and more for summer fun! Participants are welcome to bring in snacks or a picnic. Concessions will not be offered onsite and no glass bottles are permitted. For more information, please review the Pirates Cove Guidelines online: http://www.piratescovecolorado.com/-guidelines

Please note: Pirates Cove will be open for regular business hours on this day. If you choose to go to Pirates Cove before the Girl Scout event at 6:30 p.m. you will need pay regular entry into the park, exit the park at 6 p.m. when they close,  and then, enter again at 6:30 p.m.

This is not a drop-off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with her parent/guardian or troop leaders. Adult to girl ratios for events must be met.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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 Scout Gold Award project: Igniting Adventure Event

Submitted by Corinne R., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

As a capstone piece of my Gold Award project, I created Igniting Adventure event to teach girls outdoor skills that can be used in the wilderness. The skills the girls will be learning are: outdoor hygiene, water purification, orienteering, tent set up, shelter building, camouflage, outdoor cooking, fire building, packing, and Leave No Trace. This camp is for Juniors and Cadettes. It is a three evening camp on July 14, 21, and 28, 2021 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. at Barr Lake State Park. Register using this link: https://igniting-adventure-outdoor-skills-twilight-event.cheddarup.com/

I created this camp to get more girls interested in camping and outdoor activities. I have always gone out to do these activities and this is my way of sharing the joy I have with others.

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.

Troop 35 earns Bronze Award

Submitted by Nikki Milton

Metro Denver

Aurora

Troop 35 was in the middle of their Bronze Award project when the pandemic hit, putting everything on hold. We are happy to say that we were able to finish the project, a year later, and the results are amazing. Our troop picked The Delores Project, which provides safe, comfortable shelter and services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. They asked us for help on two fronts, build shelving for their pantry and create an outdoor garden of herbs and vegetables they could use in their kitchen. Our troop of 18 split into two groups and tackled both projects. The residents couldn’t stop asking us questions and expressing their gratitude for our work. It was a great experience for the girls and we are looking forward to starting our Silver Award project next year.

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.

Elitch Gardens’ Girl Scout Days and patch contest for 2021

Celebrate summer at Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 30 and 31, and August 1, 2021! Girl Scouts of all ages, family, and friends are invited. A special Girl Scout table will be set up on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Discounted single day tickets are $27.99/person

Discounted parking vouchers are $15/car

Purchase tickets online at: https://www.elitchgardens.com/girl-scouts

Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout Days will receive an event patch! However, we need your help with the patch design. We are looking for creative Girl Scouts to submit their best design for the 2021 patch. The winning design will be made into the special patch that will be given out over the weekend and the winning designer will receive two free tickets, two VIP Rapid Rides passes, and two Attraction Passes (XLR8R or Sling Shot)!

Patch Design Criteria:

  • Theme should be related to Girl Scouts and Elitch Gardens
  • Maximum size is 2.5 inches X 2.5 inches – We suggest creating your design this size as it is difficult to size down
  • Upload a scan or clear photo of the design- We will be using the upload/photo to create the image design so it needs to be high-quality

Submit your patch design here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2021_elitch_garden_patch_designThe deadline is June 15. The winner will be announced July 19.

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.

Troop 65659 Daisies design vehicles

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Daisies Elizabeth and Summer Ella with multi-level Troop 65659 completed the Daisy Automotive Design badge. They both chose to design campers.  Summer Ella’s camper will take you to the bottom of the ocean, “fast.” To entertain yourself on the way, you will have iPads and a climbing wall. Elizabeth’s camper will take you to an island, so you can find treasure. It has wings to get you over the ocean.

Summer’s sister, Junior Kennedy, helped with the badge. She designed a mobile library. It has a flashing light that can take you to the past and future. It also has a sunroof that functions as a terrarium for frogs and insects. The girls really enjoyed learning about parts of vehicles and becoming designers.

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.

Be a Pirate in Landlocked Colorado

Submitted by Silver Bashaw

Metro Denver

Parker

I want to tell you about how Girl Scouts in Colorado have an amazing opportunity to experience boating in our landlocked state. A volunteer-run summer day camp in June 2021 through GSCO offers windsurfing and sailing that few councils around the country can provide. Kayak, canoe, and SUP are also sports to choose from at the camp. This camp has a more than 20 year legacy and gives instruction that covers the skills and safety protocols of the American Red Cross and the American Canoe Association. Big Soda Lake at Bear Creek Lake Park with its fabulous view of Red Rocks and its serene waters is the setting of five days of certified instruction with a lot of fun thrown in.

From June 21 – June 25, 2021, girls learn windsurfing basics on a land board and then soar across the lake. Sailors can practice turtling their sailboat and walking across the bottom while righting it once again! Canoers learn necessary skills for out of state backpacking and canoe trips, while jummping in and out of the canoe and then swamping it for a fun, wet paddle to shore. Stand up paddle boarders get to jump hurdles and play water lacrosse, while kayakers explore every inch of the lake and picnic at a secret sandy beach. Friday is “Pirate Day” when sport teams compete for pirate booty, have a scavenger hunt on the lake, and losing teams have to “walk the plank.” (The losers feel like winners when that happens!)

The second camp is July 19 – July 23 and is the Paddle Badge camp. It is held at the new and beautiful Rueter-Hess Reservoir between Parker and Castle Rock. The reservoir is still closed to the public except for paddle weekends and gives campers five days of paddling with few people around. This camp has girls rotate between canoe, kayak, and SUP to earn the Senior Paddle badge. Here campers also have a sport of choice day, and Friday is another “Pirate Day” with the games and competitions that lead to pirate booty and “walking the plank.”

If you are looking for wet summer fun, try one of our camps. Cancelled last year due to the pandemic, we are excited to “sail” once again and share the activities that have a natural social distancing on the lake. We believe that “real boaters don’t need motors!”

Check us out at h20sportssampler.com or email silver.bashaw@gmail.com for more information.

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.