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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Carrie Bishop, Golden, “Unknown Garden Crevices”

Carrie Bishop

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award Project, I addressed the need for low water landscaping through adding an educational aspect to the Community Heroes Crevice Garden at the Apex Simms Street Center. In addition to fundraising for and purchasing a bench, I also designed and purchased an educational sign and a website domain (www.communityheroesgarden.com). The website provides information on my Gold Award project, crevice gardening, and information specific to the Community Heroes Crevice Garden.

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

I measured the impact of my Gold Award project through a brief survey accessible from the website, as well as a website hit counter on the homepage of the website. All of the responses from the survey showed an increase in knowledge about crevice gardens, and most people surveyed responded that they would be more likely to create a crevice garden in place of a traditional garden in the future. In the time the website has been public (since September 30), there have been 690 views on it (as of February 10, 2016).

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

After my involvement, my project will be sustained by the Apex Parks and Recreation Department and Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, which has over 300 registered members. Both of these organizations have committed to keep up the garden, with Apex doing general ground maintenance, and RMC-NARGS continuing to plant and maintain the plant garden and website as a whole. The Community Heroes Crevice Garden has also received permission to use Jefferson County Open Space funding.

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

I created a public website that is visible to anyone, and can be accessed anywhere. The website is www.communityheroesgarden.com. I have also contacted the department heads at Parks and Recreation departments in the area, and shared my project and the website with them, so that they, if they choose, can implement the idea and further share it in their communities. I shared my website and project with family members who live in other states, and they have shared the website further. I have received survey responses from Colorado, New Mexico, California, Florida, and even Victoria, Canada. I presented my project to the Apex board on December 10  and was the first Girl Scout who had done so. The North American Rock Garden Society has also included the Community Heroes Crevice Garden in a national brochure that they published. I have also written a blog post, “Unknown Crevice Gardens”, to further share my project. In addition, The Colorado Water Conservation Board listed the Community Heroes Crevice Garden as a xeriscape demonstration garden on their website, along with a link.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout my project, I learned that I need a time plan to keep myself accountable and make progress on a long term project. I learned how to communicate with multiple organizations and companies, and how to coordinate an event. Also, I learned that I can be a good leader.

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

Earning my Gold Award will provide me with essential communication and collaboration skills, as well as the ability to successfully budget. Also, completing the award gave me the confidence to know that I can accomplish anything.

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

The Gold Award was a huge part of my Girl Scout experience; it took many of the skills and abilities I have learned from 10 years of Girl Scouts, and allowed me to apply the knowledge to create an amazing addition to the community garden. It was a great cumulative experience, and I will continue to hold the memories of my project as some of the best in my Girl Scouting career.

**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

Daisies bring the community together For a cause

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Submitted by Jessica Roeder

Arvada

Metro Denver

Daisy Troop 65526 is excited to announce the completion of their first service project! The girls chose to help make the world a better place by providing homeless children in the Arvada community with a sense of security and warmth, as well as education and entertainment. The girls worked with community partners and another national non-profit organization to make 15 Project Night Night bags for children under the age of 12. Each bag contained a stuffed animal, blanket, book, two toothbrushes, and mini pillow that was handmade by each girl. Each girl also made a personalized card to put in the bag she created. The girls enjoyed presenting the Arvada Police Department with the bags. Officers will be distributing the bags to homeless children in our local area over the next month.

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

 


	

Girl Scout works to earn Gold Award by reducing outdoor water use

Submitted by Carrie, a Girl Scout working to earn her Gold Award with a project called ““Unknown Garden Crevices.”

Although I love living in Colorado, there are some downsides. One of these is the nearly constant water restrictions that are in place. This makes it difficult to have the brilliant, vibrant yards overflowing with grass and flowers that I saw on television as a child. The average American family uses 96 gallons of water outside per day. Shockingly, this number rises to an average of 192 gallons in the American Southwest. However, this number can be cut down substantially by using xeriscape or crevice gardening in place of a traditional garden, as I discovered when I decided to address outdoor water conservation. For my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I added an educational aspect to the new Apex Community Heroes Crevice Garden at the Simms Street Center, in Arvada, Colorado.

In order to expand homeowners’ knowledge about crevice gardens and reducing outdoor water use, I designed and created an educational sign for the Community Heroes Crevice Garden, added a bench to the garden, and created a website to educate people (www.communityheroesgarden.com). Throughout this project, I communicated with multiple local organizations and companies to produce the sign and website. This project is sustainable as well, as Apex Parks and Recreation Department and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society have committed to maintaining the garden and website in the future. I also learned many skills during my project. I believe the most valuable skills were that I learned to communicate and collaborate effectively with multiple groups, budget effectively, and manage my time efficiently. My project has already spread more than I originally though it would, with almost 200 views in the first two months after the website’s launch. I am proud to have contributed to the education of various communities regarding outdoor water usage.

When I decided to make it my goal to accomplish the Girl Scout Gold Award, the decision was mainly based on wanting to use it as a résumé builder. However, after the first few weeks, the project became an extension of my life; it wasn’t “The Project” anymore, it became “My Project”. The Gold Award has made an incredible difference in my life by helping me to discover and develop skills and talents that I will use for the rest of my life. I am so glad I took the Gold Award journey.

Nominate a Girl Scout for the Girls’ Leadership Council

From the Women’s Foundation of Colorado

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s (WFCO) Girls’ Leadership Council (GLC) brings together 20 incoming juniors from high schools across Colorado for intensive week-long training in leadership and philanthropy to empower them to make an impact in their own communities. To learn more about GLC, use this link: http://www.wfco.org/girlsleadershipcouncil

Does this sound like it would appeal to a young woman in your life? Nominate her today by filling out the form hereA nomination is meant to encourage students to apply. It is not necessary for application nor is it a consideration in selection. WFCO will contact your nominee directly to invite her to submit an application.

Key Dates and Information

Eligibility: Any high school sophomore girl in Colorado who will be a junior in the Fall of 2016

Application Open: November 1, 2015

Application Due: February 1, 2016

Interview Day: April 16, 2016

Program Week: July 2016, TBD

Program Location: University of Denver Campus

 

Christina Bear named Congressional Award Gold Medalist

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Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in congratulating Gold Award recipient Christina Bear of Golden! She was recently named a Congressional Award Gold Medalist for 2016.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds; young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

In 2015, Christina earned her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, for organizing a week-long summer program for Latino students at Horizons Summer Program at Colorado Academy. Through informal learning in computer and robot programming and mini-science experiments, students were engaged and excited about technology. Christina is the 2015 recipient of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize. In November 2015, she will be awarded the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Christina has also won the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, Jefferson County Public Health Champions, Presidential Environmental Youth Service Award, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Children’s Environmental Health Network Youth Leadership Award and International Action for Nature Eco-Hero Award.

 

Holiday angels needed

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Submitted by Amanda Kalina

Englewood

Denver Metro

If your Girl Scout troop is looking for a holiday community service project, we hope you might consider working with HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op. This holiday season we are collecting gifts for families in our school who are need. HOPE serves 2,000 students across Colorado, many of whom come from lower socio-economic homes. Last year this program helped 150 families (450 children). We are looking to match angel donors with families before Thanksgiving, so please be in touch ASAP if you are interested in participating.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has been a great partner of HOPE’s on several projects, including this one, over the last year. We look forward to continuing this relationship during the 2015 holiday season!

If you would like to support HOPE through this project, or something else, please reach out to Melanie.Stone@HOPEonline.org (303-727-0315).

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

 

Join GSCO for Boo at the Denver Zoo

Get your Girl Scout spirit on this weekend at Boo at the Zoo at the Denver Zoo! Girl Scouts of Colorado will be have a presence on Saturday, October 31, with a tent featuring face painting,  trick-or-treat candy station, great giveaway prizes for those interested in Girl Scouts, and vintage Girl Scout uniforms, worn by the Girl Scouts Staff! And, don’t forget—it’s Juliette Gordon Low’s 155th birthday!

Boo at the Zoo offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, “creepy crawly” animal demonstrations, and family-friend entertainment for all! Activities are held beneath the Mile High City’s colorful foliage from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. “Boo After Dark” is from 6:30 p.m – 9 p.m., which is for evening trick-or-treaters who prefer to see the animals and lights at night.

All activities include the price of admission. $17 for adults, $12 for children, free for children 2 years and younger.

To volunteer for “Boo After Dark” at the Girl Scouts tent handing out candy, please contact Christine Slomski, 303-607-4803 or Christine.slomski@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts Honors Women of Distinction in Denver

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Tuesday evening, Oct. 20th, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2015 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner, which was presented by Western Union, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. A group of nearly 450 gathered at the event, held in conjunction with Women of Distinction events statewide. So far this year, these events have raised $225,000 for Girl Scout programs. The 2015 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • Shirley Amore, Retired City Librarian, Denver Public Library
  • Kim Bimestefer, President & General Manager, Cigna Mountain States
  • Laura J. Davis, Former Director of Environmental, Health & Safety and Systems Safety Engineering, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • Cheryl Haggstrom, Executive Vice President, Community First Foundation
  • L. Hanson, President, Idyll Cravings, LLC
  • Djuana Harvell, PhD, be well/be EPIC Project Manager, The Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities
  • Tasha L. Jones, Director of Marketing, Forest City Stapleton, Inc.
  • Loretta P. Martinez, General Counsel & Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Vicki Scott, Program Manager, Aurora Youth Options, Aurora Mental Health Center
  • Debbie Trujillo, Community Relations Director, KeyBank

The event was chaired by Women of Distinction Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Chief Communications Officer, The Western Union Company, and Donna Lynne, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Alice Kelly, 2002 Woman of Distinction. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Christina Bear inspired the crowd with her keynote. “My Gold Award journey has shown me I can be and AM a leader. Skills I have learned, as a Girl Scout will apply to my future career.” Christina told the crowd.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 416 Denver area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised in 18 years by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

Major Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor, Western Union, and Silver Sponsors, UMB and Lockheed Martin. Samoa Sponsors: Arrow Electronics, Davita HealthCare Partners, Delta Dental, EKS&H Management LLC, Forest City Stapleton, Hogan Lovells, Molson Coors and Volunteers of America.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.

PART FOUR: GIRL SCOUT WORKS TO EARN GOLD AWARD WITH “IMAGINATION STATION”

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Submitted by Cassidy, a Girl Scout working to earn her Gold Award with a project called “Imagination Station.”  This blog is the latest update on her progress. To read her previous blog, click here

Hello! I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my library at Joshua Station is almost complete! Thank you so much to everyone who brought books into Tattered Cover this summer. These books are making an extraordinary difference for the kids at Joshua Station. Seeing them get excited about reading has made my project absolutely worthwhile!

I feel incredibly humbled and blessed by the overwhelming response and support for my project. Overall, I collected just over 2,900 books in donations! Most of these books are on the shelves at Joshua Station right now. Tattered Cover will be giving me a matching donation of 290 brand-new books! I requested that most of these be young adult books so I can build up that section for the teens there. I will be getting these very soon! 🙂

Over the summer, we had two sessions of kids’ book club that met weekly. For the second session, we read The One and Only Ivan and did fun activities that went along with the book. I will continue to do a book club throughout the year that will meet monthly.

This past Thursday, Joshua Station hosted their annual Back to School party where they gave each kid a backpack full of school supplies, and they did different activities and crafts for back to school. Each kid also got to pick out a book to keep to get them started for the school year. I got to help them choose a book, and they were super excited to see so many fun new books! So thanks again for the book donations, they are making a huge difference!

Finally, I’d like to invite everyone who donated books or who would like to see my finished library to the “Library Grand Opening” party on Thursday, September 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Joshua Station. Clifford will be there, and we will have other fun activities for the kids. This will also be a time for people to see the reading nook near the front entrance and see Joshua Station as a whole because it’s an amazing place! It will be a wonderful evening, I can’t wait! 🙂

Thanks again for the book donations! My project has turned out more amazing than I ever could’ve imagined!