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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!

Help organize clothing bank for HOPE

 

Submitted by Amanda Kalina

Englewood

Denver Metro

Annually HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op, which is a charter school in Colorado that serves at-risk youth, organizes a back-to-school clothing bank to assist their families who may be homeless or struggling financially. The clothing bank is in a warehouse in Aurora near Children’s Hospital Colorado. We are looking for Girl Scout groups who would like to volunteer the weekend of Aug. 21-23 to help us organize the clothing we’ve collected to give away Aug. 28-29 to our families. We so appreciate the Girl Scout troops who have helped HOPE with projects over the last year, including the organizing of the clothing bank last August (photos included)!! If you are interested, please contact Melanie Stone at HOPE. She can be reached at melanie.stone@hopeonline.org or 303-727-0315.

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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Catherine Welch, Highlands Ranch, “ iTech for Seniors”

 

Catherine Welch

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed senior citizens and their connection to technology. Because most of the older generations aren’t as familiar with technology as my generation is, my goal was to increase their knowledge about different electronics in our world today.  I set up multiple open-house technology sessions at Holly Creek Retirement Community. Along with the help of my volunteers, we were able to help over 33 residents with their technology questions.

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

I created surveys for residents in the Skylark Adult Day Care to complete at the end of every session. This helped me get feedback from the residents. It was a way to help me improve my sessions to ensure all their questions were getting answered.  I also was able to learn what different technology they were having difficulties with and they ranged from cordless phones to iPads.

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

After I completed my sessions at Holly Creek, I spoke with several members of my community, sent emails to multiple church youth groups, presented my project to the Centennial Star Service Unit leaders, and posted in the Facebook page for the service unit. Through these efforts, I was able to come in contact with Junior Girl Scout Troop 62599 to carry on my project with Holly Creek. I am so excited that others in my community will be able to see what a rewarding experience this can be. I have also left manuals at Holly Creek so the residents can refer to them on a daily basis.

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

Technology is present everywhere in our world today and the need for assistance with it is not only present in my community, but it is also present in other communities across the nation, and across the globe. One resident that my team and I helped was able to connect with his grandson on the east coast whom he hadn’t seen in many years. By giving the residents access to this technology, and knowing how to use it, they can be better connected to our society.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned a lot about myself while doing this project. I had to figure a lot of things out on my own and sometimes I would get to the end of the rope and think it was the end, but I continued to motivate myself and get the job done. I also used leadership skills like being open-minded to other’s opinions and ideas. When things wouldn’t go how I expected them to, I had to be open to ways around the obstacle. I worked on communication as I worked with a variety of different people and their styles of dealing with others.

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

This project gave me the experience and tools to be able to take on group projects with multiple people. It gave me confidence to take on long-term projects and follow through to the end. It proved my communication skills because of my interactions with older adults, presentations and speaking with people I haven’t worked with before. Using these skills will allow me to be an effective leader and to accomplish my goals despite setbacks I might face.

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

Earning my Gold Award was a way to finish out my Girl Scout career. I have been in Girl Scouts since I was 5 and throughout my 13 years I have been able to complete many things, including my Bronze and Silver Awards, so earning the Gold Award was a way to complete the missing pieces to my puzzle in Girl Scouting.

***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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Allison Caperton, Littleton, “Adaptive Gymnastics”

Allison Caperton

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I coordinated a special needs gymnastics camp at JetKids Gymnastics. I hoped to make an impact in the lives of families and children with a variety of special needs. I wanted to give these kids a chance to be involved in such an incredible sport.

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

I measured my impact by watching the kids grow throughout the weeks, and making sure each kid was gaining something.

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

The model I created (a four-week adaptive gymnastics camp for children of all ages with special needs) is currently being sustained at JetKids Gymnastics in Littleton, Colorado. An early-summer session was held, and the gym is making plans for more.

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

JetKids Gymnastics has a working relationship with many other gyms across the country. By presenting my project to these other gyms and offering my advice and services to help them launch their programs, I am linking the success of my project to a national and global community.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned I am smart, strong, able to organize and direct others, sensitive to the needs of my community, able to adapt to challenges, and perfectly capable of making the world a better place. I am proud to represent the Girl Scouts of Colorado with my enduring, global project.

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

I am proud of the lasting legacy I will leave in my community when I go off to college. I feel like I have served not only children with special needs and their families, but also the sport of gymnastics, which has meant so much to me.

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

If I had not camped with my Daisy troop (when we were just in kindergarten), I might not have learned the strength and tenacity it takes to survive challenges. If I had not found the courage to sell cookies to strangers, I might not have learned confidence. If I had not organized and put into action several Rendezvous weekends for younger girls, I might not have learned the organizational and leadership skills it took to create and implement my project.

***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

Girl Scouts travel to San Francisco

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Submitted by Mia A.

Parker

Denver Metro

I got the amazing opportunity to go to San Francisco with Girl Scouts and I loved it! I got to see a lot of the main attractions such as Alcatraz, The Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Lombard Street and more. We stayed at a pretty nice hostel where I met a lot of people from everywhere. We met Girl Scouts that were from California as well as Girl Guides that were from Europe. I met a lot of people and made new friends thanks to Jill and the troop that I traveled with. They were very nice and welcoming towards me and made the trip even better. Overall, it was a really fun trip. I learned a lot about San Francisco and I can safely say that it is officially my favorite city!

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

Brownies earn Computer Expert Badge

 

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree

Troops 59 & 1226

My Girl Scout daughters chose to work on their Brownies Computer Expert Badge at our local Microsoft retail store on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  Their thinking was that it might be fun to earn this badge while working with the latest technology.  They were right!

The Microsoft tech opened with sharing a little history about the evolution of computers with parent input.  Then, the girls learned how to paint a picture using a computer art program, take a world adventure picking different countries to explore, and how to play Mojang for more computer fun.  Girls learned about fun new computer programs and where some computer experts are that they can speak with if they have any questions.

As a Troop Leader, I would recommend troops with a few girls attend this event together or with their parents.  These classes are free and can have a number of participants requiring girls to share the technology.  Maybe speak with your local Microsoft store to see if they can schedule a private class, if attending with a larger troop.  The Computer Expert Badge was a two-hour class and adults were asked to remain in the store during the session.  Each participating Girl Scout received a completion certificate, Microsoft goodie bag, and fun patch.

Thank you Microsoft for providing these unique learning opportunities for our youth!

Join Team Thin Mint: Run the Colfax Marathon with Girl Scouts

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Register for the Colfax Marathon (or 5K, 10-miler, Half or Relay) today and you’ll get this fun, custom Girl Scouts team shirt to show your GSCO pride! This shirt is in addition to the awesome official marathon shirt!

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We’re ordering shirts the week of March 30, so get signed up (along with your friends and family) NOW.  This is a great troop healthy living activity, and kids’ 5K registrations are only $20. Only the first 30 to register with GSCO as their charity get the team shirt for free!

For more information on the Colfax Marathon or to join Team Thin Mint, click here.  Don’t forget to select Girl Scouts of Colorado as your charity. Already signed up? Great! There’s still time to choose GSCO.

Girl Scouts honored in Highlands Ranch

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Time is running out to see this display of Girl Scout memorabilia at the James H. LaRue library in Highlands Ranch! It is only up  for the month of March.  For more details, check out this article in the Highlands Ranch Herald.

Thanks to the History Committee for taking the time to put together this special display!

 

 

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Rachel Jeffries, Lone Tree, “Self -Worth and the Underfed”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed two key issues in my community: hunger and self-worth. Hunger, although usually associated with third-world countries, is a global concern that impacts all communities, even the relatively prosperous. Secondly, I wanted my project to be more than an impersonal act of service and, therefore, more than just a food drive. I recognized that a Gold Award project needed to be more sustainable than a food drive, so I wanted to be able to do something more which might have a lasting impact on the personal mindsets of those who utilize the food pantry at Pax Christi Catholic Church.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

Growing up in California, my dad’s family did not have the best financial situation. He has often talked about how this impacted his self-esteem, feeling like he was not as good as other people because he could not afford to have the same things and eat the same food. Thus, for the second main component of my project, I coordinated a volunteer event for volunteers to make stickers with encouraging messages and then put a sticker on every donated item that had been collected in the food drive. By doing this, I hoped that my project would not only bolster the St. Elizabeth Food Pantry, but also the self- worth of the individuals going there for food.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

An immediate impact of my project was that Pax Christi had just created space for a food pantry and now needed to stock it. My project’s efforts stocked the pantry with more than 300 donated items. My project also raised awareness in the local community that a new food pantry was in existence and ready to serve those in need. Between speaking at a Girl Scout meeting, Facebook posts, hosting a sticker event, reaching out to other food banks, having a canned food drive at Valor Christian High School and organizing a “stocking the pantry day,” I believe approximately 100 people now know about this food pantry. With the intention of this project being sustainable, it is my hope that my project continues to stock the St. Elizabeth pantry and in small ways boosters the self-esteem of those who are probably seeking assistance when they are not feeling so good about their situation or themselves.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

As a result of my project, I gained practical life skills (communication skills, flexibility), sought challenges in the world (hunger, low self-esteem), and developed critical thinking. My project helped me grow as a leader because it taught me how to use critical thinking to resolve problems stemming from miscommunication and scheduling conflicts, so that my project might still be completed in a timely manner. My project helped me grow as a leader in this outcome because I had to resolve scheduling conflicts, so that the food drive might be completed on time and as many different volunteers as possible could attend the sticker event. Also, when I returned with a group of seniors from Valor to stock the pantry and review the donated items, I had to encourage cooperation and teamwork so that we might finish the tasks as efficiently as possible.

How did you make your project sustainable?

In order to ensure that my project be sustained, I have reached out to other local area food banks to share my project. My hope in doing this is that other organizations will recreate my project at their respective food pantries. I created a booklet providing more information on my project which could be used as a guide to do this. I also have reached out to the Youth Director at Pax Christi Catholic Church. Every year, the Pax Christi youth group hosts a food collection before the Super Bowl to benefit the Pax Christi food pantry. My hope is that the youth group will incorporate my project into this annual effort. So, instead of only hosting the food collection, they might also have a “sticker event” after the completion of the collection, similar to my project.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I chose hunger as the primary issue focus for my project because it has an impact everywhere. Approximately one in nine people world-wide do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. In Colorado, nearly one in seven people face times when there is not enough money to buy sufficient food for their families. Obviously, low self esteem happens to every one, no matter where one lives. Yet, for those who are underfed, a low self esteem can have a long term impact on one’s feeling of self worth. Various articles I read shared that daily criticism tears down one’s feelings of self-worth, and daily affirmations can improve one’s self-esteem. I sought to raise self-esteem through the stickers of affirmation. Every one can use a pat on the back, and note of support regardless of age, income, gender, or zip code.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the obstacles the most. When I started this project I had a set timeline in mind for when I wanted to complete it. However, I found that as I had to work with my personal school and studies schedule, the schedule of the youth minister and food pantry at Pax Christi, the schedule of the Junior troop I worked with, my high school, my Girl Scout liaison, and contacts at other local food pantries, I had to adjust my timeline. Sometimes these readjustments led me to have to move forward or backward the next steps in my projects. I overcame this obstacle by remaining flexible. I tried to stay focused on the end-goal of my project–creating a sustainable project that supported a local food bank and valued the worth of others.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

As a person who usually prefers for things to be very neatly structured, I learned that I can adapt when things do not necessarily go according to plan and still fulfill my initial purpose. Also, I am not one who is comfortable speaking in front of others or reaching out to new people, so this project stretched me because I had to communicate with various groups in order to coordinate food drives and the sticker volunteer event.

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

I found that the Gold Award was the cumulative project of all things Girl Scouts. In reflecting back on my Girl Scout experience since elementary school, I think that just about every activity I participated in provided the foundation upon which I was able to visualize, plan and carry out my Gold Award project–learning new skills, leading others, challenging myself, and service 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