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Silver Award project: Taylor’s Shelf

Submitted by Amy Peek

Metro Denver

Parker

Molly’s Silver Award project was aimed to specifically impact the lives of children and their families who are in a hospital, since being in such a situation is mentally difficult for everyone involved. In partnership with Tammie Gardner at the Parker location of Children’s Hospital, Molly was able to gain permission to install her bookshelf. Via a garage sale and multiple book drives, friends and neighbors contributed to the bookshelf through the donation of new books.

Once the shelf became a reality, Molly named the project Taylor’s Shelf, in honor of a family friend and fellow Girl Scout named Taylor. Taylor was diagnosed with Stage lV High-Risk Neuroblastoma when she was two-years-old and has now had nine years of survivorship! Molly wanted to share Taylor’s inspirational story and help raise the spirits of families in the hospital. The shelf, along with Taylor’s story, were installed at Children’s Hospital, Parker on August 9, 2017.

Molly’s goal is for patients and families to have access to light- hearted books in a difficult time that will help them find hope and keep their minds off of the reason they are in the hospital. A good book always makes her smile, and hopefully it will do the same for everyone else.

She gives special thanks to Tammie Gardner, Staples in Parker, and of course, her family, friends, and neighbors, who donated time and support towards her Silver Award project, Taylor’s Shelf.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

G.I.R.L. Stories: I am a go-getter and leader

Submitted by Katie H., G.I.R.L.  Media Star

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Girl Scouts inspires girls to become go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders.  Before I was a Girl Scout, I was painfully shy and meeting my troop was scary for me.  Slowly, I got more comfortable and made great friends.  During my first year, I didn’t want to sell Girl Scout Cookies, but now, in my seventh year, I’m one of the Top 100 Sellers in the state!  I set very high goals and do whatever it takes to reach them and preferably go higher than my original goal.  Girl Scouts has helped me become a go-getter through selling cookies.

Girl Scouts has also helped me become a leader.  That was very good for me because I eventually needed it. When I was 10-years-old, my mom, who has Type 1 Diabetes, fell out of bed, and I came to make sure she was okay.  She was having an insulin reaction.  My mom had always told us what to do, so I was prepared.  I called 911 because I knew panicking wouldn’t help.  When the paramedics arrived, I took my brother to his room and helped him calm down and feel safe.  It took leadership skills to calm a five-year-old boy, whose mother was sick.  In our world, it helps to have these qualities so we can follow the Girl Scout Law and make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts has definitely helped me be the person I am now.  I hope my story inspires you to become a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader, G.I.R.L. for short.  Girl Scouts has shaped me, and it can shape you too.

How has Girl Scouts helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, or leader)? Share your Girl Scout story and photos using the Share Your Stories form.

Littleton G.I.R.L.s travel to California

Submitted by Amy Caperton

Metro Denver

Littleton

In July 2017, eight girls from Troop 2904 in Littleton traveled to California. We went to the San Diego Zoo, ocean kayaking in La Jolla, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. That is where NASA built the Mars rovers and are currently working on the rover for the Mars 2020 project. We also saw the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier; the Endeavor Space Shuttle; spent an ENTIRE day at Universal Studios (We love Harry Potter); visited the La Brea Tar Pits; Santa Monica Pier; and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We had a great time and made lots of memories!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Learn golf skills and earn a new badge

We have an exciting opportunity for Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors to learn golf skills and earn athlete badges with the Colorado Women’s Golf Association. CWGA will host two Brownie “Fair Play” badge workshops and two Junior “Practice with a Purpose” workshops at City Park Golf Course in Denver. Learn golf basics and earn your badge requirements!

The Brownie “Fair Play” badge workshop is Saturday, August 26 or Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 8:45-11:30 a.m. Cost is $15/girl and you can register at the following links for each date. You choose the session that works best for your Girl Scout.

August 26 – https://goo.gl/VoRkxJ

August 27 – https://goo.gl/pnXcFn

Space is limited to 20 girls per session, so sign up soon to reserve your girl’s spot.

The Junior “Practice with Purpose” badge workshops are Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost is also $15/girl and you can register at the following sites:

Sept. 9 – https://goo.gl/4Q7qjL
Sept. 10 – https://goo.gl/3Vjt5t

These sessions are limited to 20 girls per session and open to Junior Girl Scouts only.

All activities are hosted by CWGA instructors and staff. Troop leaders and parents please plan to attend to maintain GSCO safety requirements. Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens is Aug. 11-13, 2017

We’re excited for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens this weekend! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Come enjoy the park and the last days of summer!

Date: Friday, Aug. 11- Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Cost: $25.99/person. Purchase tickets here.

Special Girl Scout activities are planned for Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come learn about Girl Scout traditions and pick up your free Girl Scout event patch!

Not able to make it?  Enjoy a season-long discount of $29.99/person for a park daily pass through the end of October. Cost is $29.99/ticket. Purchase tickets here and select the daily pass option.

GSCO gets a donation back on each ticket sold throughout the season, so thank you for your support!

Enjoy these special Girl Scout deals before summer ends!

Adventure Golf and Raceway, Federal Heights All Girl Scouts, friends, and family can enjoy a discounted entry fee of $21.95 off the regular rate of $29.95. Purchase tickets here and enter “Girl Scouts” (case and space sensitive) for the store name.

Water World, Federal Heights Water World is offering a generous discount for all Girl Scouts, friends, and family for the 2017 Summer Season. Purchase a daily pass for $30.99/person through our Girl Scout link, an $11 savings from the park’s regular daily rate of $41.99. Purchase tickets here and enter “Girl Scouts” (case and space sensitive) for the store name. Discounted meal vouchers are also available.

Upcoming Girl Scout Events

Aug. 27 – Girl Scout Night with the Grand Junction Rockies, Grand Junction. 5 p.m. game start. Girl Scouts in uniform get into the game free! Adults and other children can purchase tickets at the gate. Come cheer on the Rockies as they take on the Orem Owlz! To help us set aside enough seats for our Girl Scout section, please let us know if you are interested here.

Sept. 9 – CU Football Scout Day, Boulder. 12 p.m. game start. Tickets are $25. Come cheer on the Buffs as they take on the Texas State San Marcos Bobcats. Purchase tickets here and use the promo code GirlScouts17. A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO. Both Boy and Girl Scout families are invited, so purchase your tickets early to get your seat!

Sept. 16 – Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies, Denver. 6:10pm game start. Tickets range from $16-$25. Come cheer on the Colorado Rockies as they take on the San Diego Padres! Scouts get a fun event patch. A portion of each ticket sold through our GSCO promo code will be donated back to GSCO. The Rockies are having a great season, so tickets may go fast. Get yours today! Purchase tickets here and look for our GSCO promo code/link at the bottom of the page.

Join Daisy’s Circle and save

Join Daisy’s Circle today and get a $5 NEW MEMBER COUPON to use at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop!

This coupon is good for Girl Scout uniforms, books, holiday gifts, and more.  The shop has more than 1,600 items in-stock and inventory changes daily.

This coupon applies to transactions completed in-person at the GSCO Shop in Denver or via phone and email.  It expires 10/15/2017.  This deal cannot be transferred or copied.  Offer limited to in-stock merchandise only.

 

Silver Award project: Hope Farms

Submitted by Nikki Goethals

Metro Denver

Aurora

For our Silver Award, Troop 2551 decided to help out at a nonprofit organization called Hope Farms in Elizabeth, Colorado. Their mission is to offer an opportunity for people and animals to learn, grow, and heal together in nature.

It was an amazing opportunity to help provide for people and animals at the farm. Hope Farms provides experiences for anyone in the community, regardless of ability, to learn about nature and animals on their farm.

There are a variety of animals on the farm that we learned about. There were horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, alpacas, dogs, cats, and more.

We felt we could help provide some additions to the farm to greater benefit the farm volunteers and attendees. We completed three projects for their sensory trail to donate to Hope Farms. We built and stained two benches for people to sit on at the farm to either take a break or to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds. We created a sign for their sensory trail and hand painted symbols for each sense. We also spray painted black tires bright colors for the participants to sit or play on outside. The troop used their remaining money to purchase a colorful wind chime for listening to. It was an amazing experience for us.

We learned various skills like woodworking, painting, planning, and most importantly, helping others and improving our community. We had an amazing time and Troop 2551 would like to do more volunteer work for Hope Farms in the future!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

17th Annual Teddy Bear Project Successes

Submitted by The Child Rescue Foundation, CRF

Metro Denver

Denver

More  than 126,000 plush animals HAVE BEEN COLLECTED, TAGGED, AND DELIVERED SINCE 1999! Girl Scouts of Colorado has been instrumental in collecting 91% of them!
Here are some personal stories about the Teddy Bear Project:

“…I am writing to thank you for the wonderful work you do. My son, Nicholas, 3, fell out of his bedroom window. When we got to the hospital, he was surrounded by people he didn’t know and screaming. A nurse left the room and came back with one of your bears and it’s heart shaped tag, and he immediately fell quiet. It not only comforted him, but me as well.”

From Kendra, a 10-year-old participating:

“I hope to make these children grow up happier from our donations. I hope we touch their hearts with each teddy bear.”

From Kelli:

“this was such a wonderful education for all of the children who need a hug and a smile in hard times. A hug from me to you.”

From a Daisy Girl Scout (age 5) after participating in the Teddy Bear Project:

“I feel loved, happy, cheerful, and nice and last, I feel grateful. That’s how I feel because a sad kid will get a toy I gave and feel better.”

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Girl Scout Gold Award project: Melissa Wilson, Castle Rock, “Deaf is never silent”

 

 

 

 

 

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I taught people who could hear how to interact with the Deaf community. To do this, I created a website/Facebook page, conducted two community presentations, placed flyers and brochures in different locations around the area, and wrote letters to local high schools about my project. My presentations can be seen on YouTube as well!

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I had people who could hear fill out a survey at the beginning and end of my presentations, asking participants if they knew/learned anything about the Deaf culture. From there, I had a volunteer compile the results, and show that 85% of people in attendance learned something about being deaf. I also was able to track where in the world the Facebook page had been seen.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project will be sustainable beyond my involvement because those who attended the seminars/visited my website will retain the information and are be able to pass it on to others. In addition, my website will be updated by my project advisor’s 7th grade class next year (She teaches English and American Sign Language). After I asked her, she replied with “Yes, I can have my 7th graders keep your website going!! That will be fun for them!!” They will continue the upkeep of the website.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

The national and global link for my project is my website, Facebook page, and YouTube posts. People in other countries who want to study sign language cultures in other countries can use the website to learn about the Deaf culture here. The Facebook page was seen by over 1,000 people in eight other states and nine other countries. Letters have also been sent to local high schools with the information about the project and how to access the web elements so they will have the tools to continue sharing the information.

What did you learn about yourself?

By doing this project, I learned I can take the lead in a project and delegate tasks to others. I can not complete an entire project of this scale alone. When I did ask for help, the pieces fell into place and I became less stressed. In addition, I learned that event planning is something that was not difficult for me and I could easily/happily do it again for others.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

My Gold Award will impact me in the future because employers will see that I have the tools to not only be a successful as part of a team, but also move up in managerial status and lead others with little guidance on how to lead/delegate. In addition, the Gold Award process gave me more confidence in public speaking, which will ultimately help me when I give presentations to an office full of business women and men.

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

Since I was a Brownie, I have been talking about earning my Gold Award. Once I became a Senior in Girl Scouting, I quickly began coming up with ideas for my project. However, I had to put it on the back-burner in high school because of sports and my troop being very active in planning events for the unit. Once that all settled and I was able to start my project and at the end of senior year I focused all of my attention on it and completed it with only a few minor glitches. My Gold Award was like my senior capstone credit; it took all the leadership and event planning skills I have gained over the last eight years and amplified it three times. Without this experience my Girl Scout career would have ended with a hole.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

Earning my Gold Award helped me to become a G.I.R.L. because….

G- I was a go-getter because I reached out to the community without any help from my parents or friends. I completed my project by picking my goal and reaching for it!

I- I was an innovator because I saw an issue that not many other people could see, and used social media and the community to help solve it.

R- I was a risk-taker because I talked to my community about an issue that was not important or known to them. Instead of thinking that no one would care about my project, I continued to share it and by showing people that I cared they began to care too.

L- I was a leader because I had to take initiative in the project and delegated tasks 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

Become a GSCO volunteer recruiter

Submitted by Sarah Scalise, GSCO Recruitment Specialist

Metro Denver

Denver

The last days of summer are bittersweet for girls and volunteers. There is so much to be done before the school year, and not enough days spent in the Colorado sunshine. However, recruitment specialists in the Denver office are racing along to help interested girls and families learn about Girl Scout opportunities in their community.

We depend on experienced Girl Scouts and volunteers to attend Back to School Nights and invite interested girls and families to information meetings.  If you’d like to represent Girl Scouts in your community please, reach out to us at inquiry@girlscoutsofcolorado.org Let us know your name, local school, and how we can best get in touch!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.