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Gold Award Girl Scouts impact Colorado communities and beyond

In the face of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Girl Scouts continue to do all they can to make our world a better place by taking action to address issues facing their local communities. There are no better examples of this Girl Scout spirit and resiliency than the 16 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who recently earned the distinction of Gold Award Girl Scout, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. They include:

  • Sidney Barbier from Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Mountain School, tackled the issues of waste and recycling, particularly at Colorado state parks. She designed signage for state parks, hosted events to educate others about waste diversion, and even created a Junior Ranger curriculum.
  • Charlotte Blish from Arvada, Arvada West High School, started a nonprofit, Watering Communities, to teach elementary-aged students about how the lack of clean water impacts socio-economic and education resources in parts of Africa.
  • Clare Bolon from Longmont, Apex Homeschool Enrichment Program, developed and taught a week-long online course about how to write and read cursive. She also created resources to help students continue to practice their cursive after completing the course.
  • Kayla Fairweather from Parker, Ponderosa High School, developed a video curriculum on Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) to supplement the T1D training that teachers currently receive. It features the perspectives of diabetic students, parents, a professional athlete with T1D, an endocrinologist, and a diabetes resource nurse.
  • Zoe Johnson from Monument, Palmer Ridge High School, created a handbook and video about horse care and safety to educate new or inexperienced horse owners, as well as barn staff at summer camps.
  • Beatrice Lin from Longmont, Silver Creek High School, developed a workshop and handbook for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies called “Bringing Global to Girls” (BGtG). The goal is to help younger Girl Scouts develop a sense of connection to the rest of the world and appreciation for other cultures.
  • Ellie McWhirter from Denver, East High School, developed a series of educational materials, including a website, to decrease plastic bag usage in her community and increase the knowledge of plastic bag pollution.
  • Isabella Mendoza from Longmont, Silver Creek High School, designed a cheap and sustainable habitat for solitary bees to lay eggs in and distributed more than 350 habitats around Colorado and the world. She also hosted a community event for people to make their own habitat.
  • With the help of local Girl Scout troops, Ashlyn Morrill from Parker, Chaparral High School, created a pollinator garden that attracts various pollinators, including hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, etc. Girls learned the importance of pollinators and were inspired to do their part to help conserve the pollinator populations.
  • Opal Mosbarger from Peyton, Falcon High School, addressed the issue of animal displacement during emergency situations. She collected kennels and blankets for Perfect Fit Wellness Center, so people can keep their pets safe during natural disasters and other emergencies.
  • Wren Murzyn from Fort Collins, Poudre High School, partnered with doctors, nutritionists, and others to create a guidebook to assist individuals who are wanting to get healthy, but don’t know where to start.
  • Meredith Neid from Denver, George Washington High School, started a self-care club at her high school to healthily address rising levels of stress amongst her peers. After the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, she adapted her project to include Zoom conversations with high school seniors about processing the pandemic and what it means to grow up during this time.
  • Anna Rahn from Colorado Springs, Pine Creek High School, created 17 STEM activities for schools and after-school programs. Due to the pandemic, she was unable to distribute them to local schools, so she developed a website where PDFs of the activities are available.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable— earned only by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls are entitled to enlist at a higher pay grade if they join the military.

“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good—and these Girl Scouts embody everything this achievement stands for,” said Leanna Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Each of these young women addressed an issue that’s important to her in order to earn her Gold Award, and we congratulate each of these Gold Award Girl Scouts on this momentous accomplishment.”

You can learn more about these Gold Award Girl Scouts and their projects on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Helping Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Submitted by Katelyn M.

Metro Denver

Aurora

I had always wanted to complete the Gold Award. Not just because it is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, but also due to the idea that I could make an impact in my community just by using my ambition and brain. Even though this dream was always present, it was really difficult to find a topic that was important to me and that I could tackle in the year and a half I had left as a Girl Scout Ambassador. Then, one day as I was driving to my job and came face-to-face with someone I wanted to help: a veteran experiencing homelessness. 

We all have a connection to the military, whether it is someone in our immediate family, a friend, or a distant relative. Because of their willingness to give their lives to protect the lives of this country, I have the utmost respect for people in the service. My heart broke when I saw a veteran on the street corner as I drove by. When I arrived home, I went straight on my computer to learn more about veterans experiencing homelessness. What I found was shocking. Colorado has the seventh highest population of veterans experiencing homelessness, and it is continuing to grow every year.

And so my project was born. My original plan involved a lot of face-to-face conversations and volunteering, unfortunately due to COVID my project had to be completely rewritten. Instead, I spent my time doing deep research on: the problems this population faces and the reasons they fall into homelessness. I used this information and created a website where people can learn more about this population and hear from some veterans on their experiences. 

In order to share my learning with others, I am creating a documentary video which will be given as an optional assignment for the juniors and seniors at my high school explaining my project and the issue I tackled. Project Homefront doesn’t just hope to bring awareness, and raise clothing and food donations for a population in need, it hopes to teach how to face an issue and start to solve it through education and action.

Every Gold Award will bring challenges. It forces you to grow and learn more about yourself than you might not have had the opportunity to do without it. The biggest impact working on this project has had on me is teaching me that we have the drive to create the world in our dreams, however we can’t do it just with words we have to do it with work and time. If you dedicate time and open your mind to the possibilities of change, you can build a world we all want to call our own.

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 Girl Scouts Deliver Birthday Kits to Local Food Pantry

Bronze Award Girl Scouts from Troop 65346 in Centennial assembled 300 birthday kits for low-resource families. On Monday,  November 16, 2020, they delivered a hundred of the kits to SECORCares, a food pantry in Parker.  The Girl Scouts made the 300 kits earlier this year. They are packaged in a disposable cake pan and include boxed cake mix, canned frosting, birthday candles, balloons, favors, party hats, and a handmade card. The first hundred kits were delivered last month. On Monday, the girls delivered a hundred more with the remaining hundred kits to be delivered when SECORCares has space to store them.

The Girl Scouts began working on this project in February. They set up a donation box at their school, Creekside Elementary, and collected items at the school’s book fair. When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began, the girls pivoted to collect donations online. While unable to meet in-person this summer, each girl made cards for the kits. Through this project, the girls earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade.

Special thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV and Colorado Community Media for attending the event and sharing the story with their audiences.

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.

Giving Back During COVID-19

Submitted by Randi Fujimoto

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree

Figuring out service projects has been challenging in light of COVID. This month, Troop 65430 from Highlands Ranch- Lone Tree has made 60 winter kits for Raising Kindness/Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, collected nearly 300 stuffed animals for the Child Rescue Foundation, purchased books for four children in the Adopt a Reader Program, and wrote inspirational messages for seniors in a local retirement community.

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.

Three Sets of Sisters Complete the Daisy Trail Adventure Badge

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Daisy Abbie has an older sister who is a Cadette. Daisy Elizabeth has an older sister who is a Senior. Daisy Summer has an older sister who is a Junior. All three Daisies set out to complete the requirements of the Daisy Trail Adventure badge with their sisters who were eager to assist. Elizabeth said the best part of her jog around the park was “being a unicorn.” Abbie’s favorite thing was “galloping like a horse.” Summer said the best part of her hike was the water.

Abbie and Elizabeth are new Girl Scouts and each also earned her Promise Center before planning their hike or jog.

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.

Family Reservations at select GSCO Properties

 

Reservations at select GSCO properties are NOW OPEN for family reservations! As the temperatures drop in Colorado, cozy up inside one of our GSCO cabin properties with your family. Families can reserve Twisted Pine in Genesee or Hamp Hut inside Garden of the Gods. Reservations must be for the whole weekend and the fee is $300/weekend.

During your stay, you can explore the numerous hiking trails around the property while working the GSCO Get Outdoor Challenge patch or exploring other activities in the area: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GSCO%20Family%20Property%20Reservations%20-%20Activities%20in%20the%20Area.pdf

At this time, reservations are not open to troops due to COVID–19 restrictions. Ready to book? Read our FAQ’s, information on reservation processes and more here: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.wixanswers.com/en/article/gsco-property-rentals-for-families

Questions? Email Property.Reservations@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.

You could be in the new Girl Scouts of Colorado TV commercial

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to partner with CBS4-KCNC TV to produce a GSCO commercial and YOU could be in it! Enter to win by submitting a short video using this form  of yourself answering the prompts “I love Girl Scouts because …” and “I’m a tough cookie because….” Please keep your answers for each prompt to no more than 10 seconds.

Clips from several Girl Scouts will be chosen for the final commercial that will air on CBS in Denver, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs in late January through mid-March. The deadline to enter is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

Here’s an example video by Morgan at CBS4: https://youtu.be/z_JxHLaTnBg

Helpful tips:

  • Think about what you plan to say before shooting. No need to write a long script, just speak from your heart. And remember to try to keep each of your answers to just 10 seconds.
  • Remember this is for TV. Wear your sash or vest or other Girl Scout apparel.
  • Shoot horizontal, not vertical. Recording your video on a smart phone is totally fine. Just hold it (or have someone else hold it or set it in a phone stand) sideways.
  • Turn lights on, don’t shoot in a dark room. It helps to be facing a window (be sure you don’t have your back to the window).
  • Talk directly to the camera for good audio. Speak clearly and don’t forget to smile!
  • No music or background noise.
  • Make sure your message is clear.

Submitting your video clip:

Use this form to submit your video. You’ll fill in your name and contact information and a caregiver will need to sign off that it’s OK for you to enter the contest.

  • If you have a photo of yourself in your Girl Scout uniform or doing a Girl Scout activity, please upload that as well (there’s a spot on the form).
  • Depending on your internet connection, it might take a minute for the file to upload and the form to submit. Don’t navigate away from that page until you see ‘Success! We’ve received your video’ message.
  • If you have technical difficulties when submitting your video clip, reach out to annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Note: This contest is open to girls in grades K-12 with a current Girl Scouts of Colorado membership (the Girl Scout membership year began Oct. 1, 2020). This contest is not open to Girl Scouts who are members in other councils, are non-renewed Girl Scouts of Colorado members, or adult Girl Scouts.

 

Girl Scout Day at Butterfly Pavilion

This program is hosted by Butterfly Pavilion. Please email all questions to mcopan@butterflies.org.

Girl Scouts are taking over Butterfly Pavilion on November 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Earn your Brownie Bugs badge or Daisy Make the World a Better Place petal.

Register now: https://butterflies.org/event/girl-scout-day/

Due to COVID-19, registration is limited to ensure safety and maximize fun! Girl Scout Day tickets will allow up to 20 guests for each time slot.

For the first hour of your Girl Scout Day adventure, explore indoor and outdoor exhibits. Next is 40 minutes in Classroom A with activities, crafts, animals, and fun just for your troop! The event includes:

  • Access to indoor and outdoor exhibit.
  • Girl Scout self-guided scavenger hunt, which can tick off many badge requirements!
  • Full schedule of programs, all centered around bugs, science, and making our world a better place!
  • Several stations with crafts, activities, and discussions– all based on the Brownie Bugs badge and Rosie petal!
  • Certificate and reusable tote for having attended Girl Scout Day at Butterfly Pavilion!

Cost (includes general admission to Butterfly Pavilion as well as extra activities):

  • Adults: $14 (members $5)
  • Girl Scouts (and siblings): $10 (members $5)
  • Children under 2: FREE

Please note: Pre-registration is required. No walk-ups will be accepted. Masks are required.

Instead of wristbands, please have your group members wear Girl Scout clothing and have your Girl Scout Day ticket ready upon arrival for the front desk. This will gain your group access to Girl Scout Day activities in the classroom when it is your scheduled time.

For Leaders: Girl Scouts will need to purchase the badges that they earn directly through Girl Scouts, but there will be discounted Butterfly Pavilion badges and patches available in the gift shop to commemorate your experience!

For Groups: Siblings are welcome, please list them as a child ticket. One adult per group is required. You must pay for the entire group with one payment. Advanced tickets are required.

Refunds, exchanges, or transfers: Girl Scout Day at Butterfly Pavilion issues no refunds, exchanges, or transfers. Please do your best to get an accurate group count upon purchasing, as you will not be able to receive a refund.

Questions? Contact Marissa at mcopan@butterflies.org or (720) 974-1877.

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.

Meet National Gold Award Girl Scout Julia Trujillo

Girl Scouts of Colorado has two special opportunities for you to hear directly from 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout Julia Trujillo. As a National Gold Award Girl Scout, Julia is one of one of ten teen activists honored by Girl Scouts of the USA. As a senior at Arvada West High School, Julia tackled the lack of accessibility to menstrual products in Colorado public schools and the stigma of periods. She partnered with Colorado State Representative Brianna Titone and led the high school’s Intersectional Feminist Club to create a legislative action committee, which introduced a bill to end period poverty and stigma, and advocated for students in Title One schools. Julia was also selected to be GSUSA’s girl activist and representative at the United Nation’s Girls Speak Out Girl’s Rights Townhall earlier in October.

  • Watch this special interview with Julia and Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark.
  • Julia also participated in GSCO’s “Meet an Expert” webinar series on October 27, 2020. Girl Scouts of all ages and adults joined from across Colorado to learn about Julia’s journey to the Gold Award, becoming a National Gold Award Girl Scout, and her advice for other girls. Missed it? Listen here.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Resources from the webinar:

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@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.

Centennial Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award

Submitted by Colleen Dooley

Metro Denver

Centennial

Congratulations to Ali, Josey, Maisie, Paige, and Samantha from Troop 65346 in Centennial! They earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for a project that provides birthday kits to low-resource families.

In February, the girls toured SECORCares, a food pantry in Parker, to learn about the needs of their community and where they could make a difference. They decided to put together birthday kits so that families who are faced with food insecurities could still celebrate their child’s birthday.

After compiling a list of what could be included in each kit, they collected donations to supply: a boxed cake mix, canned frosting, birthday candles, balloons, favors, party hats, and a homemade card; packaged together in a disposable cake pan. The girls made posters and handed out flyers during their school’s Family Night Book Fair to share information about their project and raise awareness about suburban poverty in their community.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic required them to move to an online donation drive in the spring, but they continued to spread the word and collected enough donations to build more than 300 birthday kits! Once the girls were permitted to gather again, they assembled and delivered kits to SECORCares, where families can shop their free food market – and now easily pick-up everything they need to celebrate a birthday!

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.