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Girl Scout University at DU

Submitted by Christina Bartholomew, cbarth8432@gmail.com

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout University is a day-long event on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the University of Denver campus to help Girl Scouts earn badges. Alpha Phi Omega (a national service fraternity) at DU will teaching two 2-hour sessions offering the following badges:

Cadettes: First-Aid, Budgeting, Finding Common Ground, Comic Artists, and Netiquette

Juniors: First-Aid, Drawing, Digital Photographer, Jewelry, Entertainment Technology, and Scribe

Brownies: First-Aid, Dancer, My Best Self, Home Scientist, Making Games, and Inventor

Girl Scouts can choose one badge to work on in the morning session and another badge in the afternoon session.

Cost: $10/Girl Scout for both morning and afternoon sessions

$5/Girl Scout for one session (morning or afternoon)

Registration: Please contact cbarth8432@gmail.com to sign-up. Registration deadline is April 8, 2017.

Girl Scouts staying for both sessions should bring a sack lunch and water bottle.

All instruction will be provided by volunteers. Girl Scout volunteers and parents will be needed to maintain safety ratios. A space will be available for parents to hang out during the event if needed.

Questions? Email Christina Bartholomew at cbarth8432@gmail.com.

Day of Service: Fireside Productions & GSCO Outreach

Below is a great video from Fireside Productions, who volunteered with one of our Girl Scout Outreach Brownie troops in Jefferson County. Volunteers helped the girls with activities from the Brownie Journey, Wonders of Water.

Thank you to Amelia Jones for working with Fireside Production staff and coordinating the volunteer activity!

Fireside Productions also does video work for our GSCO Women of Distinction events. The company’s culture has a large focus on service and their team does a quarterly service project as a team. We are honored their team choose GSCO’s Outreach Program for this first quarter of 2017!

 To access the video, click this link –   http://firesideproduction.com/fireside-day-service/ . Enjoy!

Outdoor Skills Day Camp

Submitted by Molly M.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Are you looking for outdoor fun and adventure? You are in luck! Senior Girl Scout Troop 7 is running outdoor skills days.

Get ready for camping fun! The Girl Scout Outdoor Skills day camps on April 22, 2017 (Thornton-regular) and April 29, 2017 (Boulder-advanced) prepare girls for camping and outdoors. Each girl will earn an outdoor skills patch, in addition to learning:

  1.  Knife craft and safety
  2. Compass use
  3. Outdoor cooking
  4. Fire building
  5.  Campsite Set-up
  6. Tent pitching
  7. Emergency first-aid and preparation

Regular Camp: April 22 (Thornton)

Who: 1st Graders and up. No experience necessary

When: 9:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Price: 1 Girl – $17 includes hot lunch and Outdoor
Skills patch

Additional adults: $5/day

Advanced Camp: April 29 (Boulder)

Who: 4th Graders and up. Must have prior camping
experience

When: 9:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Price: 1 Girl – $18 includes hot lunch and Outdoor
Skills patch

Additional adults: $5/day

Register early. A sell-out is expected.

Advanced Payment Required

Website link to register both scouts and adults:
https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Contact Senior / Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 7
at

Girlscouttroop70007@gmail.com

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Emma Pond, Morrison, “Care Packages for Families”

Emma Pond

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Sometimes the families of patients at the hospital can be overlooked, especially if they had to go in an emergency without any advance planning. I tried to make hospital visits easier by meeting the physical needs of families at the hospital by providing them with care packages containing amenities such toothbrushes and toothpaste, warm hats, and entertaining activity booklets or card gamesI also created separate brochures for children and adults that informed them on emergency preparedness and gave advice for being ready for an unexpected hospital visit. I distributed brochures at an educational event I created where elementary school students were able to meet with a firefighter and paramedic. Both brochures and talking with the emergency personnel helped to prepare the adults and children for an emergency.

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

I measured impact by keeping track of the amount of care packages and brochures my project provided to families. I also conducted a survey six months after the educational event to gauge the impact that it had on elementary school students. I found that the care packages were extremely useful for the hospital and that the majority of the students could remember talking with the emergency personnel, who they remembered as helpful, regular people rather than scary figures buried under protective clothing.

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

My project has been taken over by the National Honor Society chapter at my high school, where it will continue to provide care packages to a local hospital. In addition, I created a website available to the public (http://epgoldaward.wixsite.com/patientcarepackages) with copies of all the materials I created and used, and instructions for anyone to run a similar project to mine. Both of these increased the impact of my project and will allow it to continue indefinitely.

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

The website I created, though in English, provides access to materials for global use. In addition, I personally distributed 800 educational brochures across the United States and Europe for anyone to use. These include globally applicable assistance, such as instructions on performing CPR and advice on supplies to take to the hospital.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned how to advocate for myself, team, and, project by stepping outside of my communication comfort zone and talking to strangers for the benefit of my project. I learned how to motivate others to work towards a common goal and I am more confident now in my ability as a leader.

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

Through my Gold Award Project, I found that I could achieve a high goal once I set my mind to do it. In my future, this will help me set higher and higher goals and strive toward them. It will also help me see more possibilities and opportunities in the world.

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

In Girl Scouts, you see everywhere the motto “Courage. Confidence. Character.” I honestly believe that my Gold Award Project helped me grow in each of these areas. Because I forced myself to step out of my comfort zone, I gained the courage to take risks. By accomplishing what I set out to do and more, I gained the confidence to undertake future projects on my own. Finally, by finishing what I started even when there were times that I wanted to quit, I built a determined character that will help me in all future aspects of my life.

**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

Military and Girl Scout Cookies

Submitted by Kay Martley,  mart1k@yahoo.com

Metro Denver

Denver

If you have any family members or friends that are currently deployed, send their APO address to my email  by March 10, 2017 and packages of Girl Scout Cookies will be shipped to them by Hearts Across The Miles.

If any Girl Scout troops want to volunteer to pack, the information is on Hearts website:  http://www.heartsacrossthemiles.org/

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

Raising grateful Girl Scouts through cookie season

Submitted by Laura Walters

Metro Denver

Aurora

Cookie season is CRAZY busy and filled with a ton of emotions for not only Girl Scout leaders and cookie parents, but for the girls.  Being grateful and appreciating the good things can be difficult with the challenges faced during this season.  Not every person approached to buy cookies is kind.  Some adults behave flat out despicable.   Finding ways to reach out to those who are supportive in ways that build the girls’ self esteem makes a big difference in our troop.  These things that we do create teamwork, empowerment, and mostly kindness.

Here are FIVE great ways you can encourage gratitude during cookie season with your girls.

ONE:  Create troop thank you cards that you can give with your cookies to people who do buy.

TWO:  Create crafty tags to go on boxes of cookies and GIVE a box away to the store managers where you set up booths.  It will cost your troop a little money but in the end, it is so worth every penny.  These managers are generous to share their door space with us and we want them to know that they are appreciated.

THREE: Acknowledge your cookie parents with a gift of appreciation.  We made darling frames for the dads who helped us build our cookie booth and earn our woodworking badge. Volunteers should never be taken for granted.  Even when we as leaders feel frustrated, we have the opportunity to reach out and BE the difference. You can get fun patches for cookie parents too.

FOUR:  Set goals and measure successes.  Cookie season is all about setting personal and troop goals.  CELEBRATE the successes, small and big, along the way.  We have a girl who met her goal early in the season and set a new goal for herself.  We got her a special fun patch to let her know how thankful we were.  Her sales contribute to our troop goal!  Together, we will make that happen EVEN if every girl doesn’t reach a personal sales goal.  We are a team, a troop, a family.

We also got fun patches for Bling Your Booth for all of the girls because they built and decorate our AMAZING booth.

FIVE:  Have your girls write thank you notes to friends and family who bought enough cookies that it is memorable.  For some, that might be one single box.  For others, it might be cases.  My dad sent a donation this year to buy four boxes of cookies for our hometown heroes.  This make me so incredibly happy.

We are lucky to be in Colorado with such a fabulous Girl Scout council. It is so important that we as leaders and parents raise grateful girls.  They are our future leaders and if we want them to focus on making the world a better place, it starts with us!

Cheers to Girl Scouting,

Laura

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Girl Scout University: Badge workshop

Submitted by Christina Bartholomew

Metro Denver

Denver

Saturday April 15, 2017 is Girl Scout University, a day-long badge workshop on the University of Denver campus. Alpha Phi Omega (a national service fraternity) at DU is so excited to be presenting this event and hope you can join us.

We will be teaching a variety of Cadette, Junior, and Brownie badges this year including first aid, finding common ground, drawing, my best self, and many more. Each Girl Scout will have the opportunity to earn two badges throughout the day for only $10. The price includes instruction, all materials needed to complete the badge, and the physical badge itself!

More details, including a full list of badge offerings, coming soon on the GSCO activity listings page.

We hope to see you there!

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Troop 64527 to host Brownie Pet Badge Day

Submitted by Mandy Geddes

Metro Denver

Denver

Junior Troop 64527 Presents:

Brownie Pet Badge Day at the Denver Animal Shelter

Girl Scout Junior Troop 64527 is teaming up with the Denver Animal Shelter to lead a Brownie Pet Badge event as part of their Bronze Award Project. We want to teach younger girls how to care for pets, and we want to bring awareness to the pets waiting for adoption at the shelter!

Where: Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Ave
Denver 80223

When: March 18 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

How: Registration fee: $5 per Brownie (includes the badge!), plus a donation for the shelter from their wish list:
● Enrichment toys
● Canned wet food
● Dog or cat treats
● Peanut butter
● Blankets
● Towls
● collars/leash
● Puppy pads
● Clumping kitty litter

Please reserve your Brownie’s spot by emailing Mandy Geddes at hippo_25th@hotmail.com. Registration will be limited to 20 Brownies and 10 chaperones!

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High Line Canal Cleanup 2017

Submitted by Mary Dawson

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scouts are GREAT Community Partners! Join us for the annual High Line Canal Cleanup in Aurora on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon. We will meet at the Community College of Aurora, in the Fine Arts Building. The address is 16000 E. Centretech Parkway. Visit AuroraWater.org for more details or email Mary Dawson at mdawson@auroragov.org

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