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Gold Award Girl Scout: Lexi Vaille, Dillon, “Battling the Stigma Against Mental Health”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

For my Gold Award, I partnered with Building Hope and started a Hope Squad program at Snowy Peaks High School.

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

I measured the impact my project made by creating a Google form, asking questions about what resources the student knew about before and how they think Hope Squad will be helpful to students in the future.

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

Connor Catron, Summit School District social worker, and Justin Holms, Snowy Peaks teacher, will keep the program running for at least the next four years and hopefully continue after that. Connor and Mr. Holms signed a commitment letter stating that they will help keep the program going. This program will be something that every student can join.

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

My project’s global link is the lack of awareness on the topic of mental health and how it affects people.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am good at public speaking in front of large crowds, over Zoom, and in person.

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

Earning my Gold Award means a lot to me. My dad and older brother both have their Eagle and I wanted to be able to earn my Gold Award. I am the first in my family to earn my Gold Award. In my future, I will be able to inspire younger girls to achieve their Gold Award because it is such a big honor. Creating a mental health program will inspire me to use those resources in my future and to become someone anyone can talk to when I become a teacher.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of my experience because it allowed me to take the lead on a project and do something based on what I am passionate about.

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 become a G.I.R.L. because I was a go-getter by not giving up on my goals and pushing through to make sure I got them done. I was able to be an innovator because I got to figure out what program would work best and change it as needed. I was a risk-taker because I had to present to many people I did not know or feel comfortable around, so I took the risk and was able to do it. And, I was a leader because I got to use my leadership skills in starting the program.

**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.

World Thinking Day in Steamboat Springs

Submitted by Christine Kucera

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On April 11, 2021, Steamboat Springs held their World Thinking Day event. We typically hold it late so the ski area is closed and the weather is nice. Girls ranging from Seniors to Daisies attended. We had a wonderful special guest, Lisa Renee Tumminello, talk about peace and working together. Combined Troops 54313 and 54959 led the songs, games, and a craft in a socially distanced outdoor environment. What impressed me the most, as the leader, was these Ambassadors’ growth. Samantha is a freshman in college and prepared ALL the materials for the event, including purchasing the craft supplies, and took over my normal role running the event. Grace encouraged shy Girl Scouts to raise their hand and share their ideas. Julia taught a game, while two years ago, she could not have spoken in front of an audience. Zofia and Gillian taught everyone how to build and decorate a pinwheel. A year ago, this was a very difficult task for these two girls. I watched incredibly shy Daisies come up to my incredible group of “big” Ambassadors to say thank you for running the event. A Senior came to our event on her bike, fully knowing that we were gearing the activities towards younger Girl Scouts, hoping that she might be able to help. While World Thinking Day is an event worth celebrating on its own, I am celebrating the growth of my girls and all the Girl Scouts in Steamboat. I saw the power of Girl Scouts and the leaders that it can develop from the lowest to highest levels. I am proud to be their leader.

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.

Saving the Animals by Saving the Climate

Submitted by Gracelyn R.

Mountain Communities

Cowdrey

My Take Action project for the Global Action Day Award stemmed from two facts. One, my mother is a veterinarian and strong believer in climate change, which means I am as well. Two, I had been recently reading The Story of Doctor Dolittle about one of my favorite characters in literature. The combination of these facts gave me the idea of my project, which talks about the Global Action topic this year: Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Action. As this is a large and complex topic, I chose to focus on only one facet: how climate change is affecting animals. I created a video explaining the dangers posed to certain species by a warming climate, and how doing small things like choosing a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one could change things, even if only a little. I also challenged myself to start doing things the green way, as I encouraged in my video. I intend to keep this going as long as I can, and I also hope to get other girls to join me. The full video can be found at my personal blog.

I sincerely wish you all will join me in my bid to save our beautiful animal neighbors. Remember, we are guests on this planet, not masters. It’s our job to give back to the planet for its hospitality toward us as a species. Best of luck.

I want to be one of those people who are remembered for their deeds and not their words. One of those people who stands up and leads their people to victory when the going gets tough. One of those people who is ready to leap off the edge because they believe in their cause, and ready to change the world, no matter how much they get knocked around in the process. I also think that every girl has that potential, if only we can show each and every girl how amazing she really is. I hope that, through Girl Scouts, every girl will have the potential to be a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader, In short, I hope that every girl will become a G.I.R.L.

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.

Troop 55326: Golden and Bronze Ticket Winner

Submitted by Patricia O’Connor

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Our troop had four selling girls this year. One, in a high risk family, sold 100% via DOC. Between two of the girls, our troop held ten cookie booths. As a result of the great selling options and girl perserverance, our four girls totaled more than 2,800 packages! Thanks to one of our final cookie booths, we got winning gold and bronze tickets!

Troop Goal: 2,000 packages

Hometown Hero: Lift Up Food Bank

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.

Troop 55319: Silver Ticket Winner

Submitted by Jessica Hanna

Mountain Communities

Granby

We almost didn’t sell this year, but our girls decided that they wanted to keep earning money to continue our community projects, as well as save for camp. We set our goal low, but far exceeded our expectations with the help of another Girl Scout from a local troop that took the year off!

Troop Goal: 6,000 packages

Hometown Hero: Hot Sulpher Springs

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.

Hometown Heroes Success

Submitted by Heather Sloop

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Troop 56342 delivered 156 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Johnny B. Goods diner. The girls chose to give their Hometown Hero donations to Johnny’s because they have been such great community members throughout the pandemic. They give free soup to anyone who is in need, as well as deliver to assisted living facilities in our county. Johnny’s was recognized by Colorado Governor Jared Polis last May for their efforts during COVID. Troop 56342 thought their HTH cookies would be a great dessert with any free meals the diner continues to give to our community.

When we delivered the cookies, Kathy Diemer, owner of Johnny B. Goods, talked to our troop about business ownership and what it’s like being a female owner. Our girls earned their Business Owner badge during this visit.

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.

Virtual Bingo

Submitted by Christine Kucera

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Girl Scout Troops 54313 and 54595 ran a virtual bingo service unit wide event in December. Girls from all levels and multiple troops joined together to play bingo. Prizes were all gift certificates to local businesses. Most were purchased from a grant from the Lufkin Family. Donations were gratuitously given from Deja Vu Boutique with consignment clothes and jewelry; Cowboys and Indians with Native American home goods; and Lyon’s Corner Drug and Soda Fountain with an old fashioned soda jerk with specialty ice cream. Girls were excited to play bingo cards with different themes of holiday words, song titles, and Girl Scout words. Fortunately, everyone won a prize and a patch. While it’s hard to get together and have fun during this COVID isolation, Steamboat had a great time virtually while supporting our 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 was at the can send in her story here.

Steamboat Springs Blessing Bags

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Girl Scout troops in Steamboat Springs teamed up to bring joy to others this holiday season! Donations were made by troops and families so that Senior Troop 54538 could put together blessing bags for others. The festive bags contained all sorts of useful items: warm gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, snacks, and more. There were also holiday gifts, cookies, candy, and stickers. Toys and craft items were also purchased by the troop courtesy of grant funds from the Lufkin Fund for Routt County Girl Scouts. More than 40 blessing bags were delivered to the local food bank and will be given to children who use the food bank this holiday season.

These girls were go-getters, getting this done, even amidst a pandemic!

Innovators: They brainstormed ways to pack and deliver the bags while managing social distancing.

Leadership: This troop took the lead in managing the blessing bag project for more than 40 children.

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.

Election 2020: Pizza, Cupcakes, and Badges

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Election season has been a learning opportunity for Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs! Senior Troop 54538 has been using election season to discover more about the process. From a visit to the County Clerk’s Elections Office to researching how other countries vote, to creating our own campaigns, these innovative Girl Scouts have been finding out more about voting. Along with that, while learning more about various offices and running effective meetings, we recently created a pizza using parliamentary procedure ~ the Parli Pro Pizza!

The Behind the Ballot badge is a perfect way to educate future voters AND have fun too!  We ended our campaign season with an election-themed cupcake challenge. Tayla’s and Aylen’s creations represented the bipartisan system. Jacey’s cupcakes represented the Green party and the multi-layered nature of a political campaign. Catherine’s creation reminded us to think outside the box and do your homework when voting. Elizabeth got right to the point with the vote-themed cupcake!

These go-getters are finding out more about our election system, how the mail-in ballots work, and how accountable our counties are when it comes to voting. There are lots of checks and balances and safety nets to be sure all of our votes are counted! They realized that sometimes it takes being a risk-taker to get your voice heard.

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.

National Council Session 2020 was a Success

Submitted by Christine Kucera

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

The 2020 Girl Scout National Council Session was a total success. With more than 1,200 people on a virtual platform, we were able to get down to business, navigate through parliamentary procedure, and approve six proposals. Was it cumbersome, difficult, and frustrating? Of course. There are always people who have nothing positive to say. There are always people who just want to quit. There are always people who think it’s not fair. But at the end of the weekend when all the proposals passed, I felt that I made a difference. My voice was heard. I made the Girl Scout Movement better.

I am sad we couldn’t meet in-person. There were no special speakers, no breakout seminars, and no convention hall. My troop planned to go to Orlando to experience SWAPS on a national scale, bonding with other Ambassadors, and traveling without their families. BUT, as when I attended in person in 2017, the National Council Session still sent me back to normal life with a renewed sense of dedication.

I made a difference. I changed Girl Scout policy for the better. I have green blood running through my veins. I am motivated to try to run troop camp in June. I am motivated to provide virtual events that will be fun for all ages. I am motivated to give my girls the best experience I can, especially in this virtual world.

Even though I never met most of the fellow delegates, I feel connected to them. We all joined together in Zoom calls and a chat app that helped us discuss the topic at hand. We gained insight into everyone’s personalities and needs. We bonded over the October snow, forest fires, and our hobbies. I may never have met most of our delegation, but I know their Girl Scout souls. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. I have new sisters.

At the morning song sessions, the amazing crew performed a song that I had forgotten, and it struck a chord with me. My mother sang “On the Loose” to me when I was little. I did not remember the words, but I knew every note that was coming and could hum along with the group. The tune is stuck in my head and am thankful for the memory that NCS sparked for me.

During the National Convention Session, I saw first-hand the end result of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girls from around the country gave their opinion and practiced parliamentary procedure in front of more than 1,200 people. The G-Team presented their report on mental health during COVID. Girl Delegates and Alternates from our great state of Colorado spoke up and got involved. I can only hope that my leadership and mentoring guides the girls in my troop achieve the levels of greatness I observed during NCS.

Fortunately, this was my second term as a delegate. I understood the procedure and flow of the NCS. I could imagine what things would have looked like if we were in-person. I felt a personal connection to each delegate from other councils that said “hi” in the chat. Now that I have more experience, I plan to be involved in sponsoring a proposal to make virtual sessions run more smoothly. I am hopeful that I can renew my service as a delegate to GSCO in 2023. I will continue working to become a true G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader).

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.