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Steamboat Springs Junior Troop 56342 Takes on COVID for Troop Meetings

Girl Scout Junior Troop 56342 of Steamboat Springs wanted to share their creative ways to have a troop meeting during the current pandemic! Before GSCO guidelines were updated on October 14, 2020, the troop developed a fabulous “sanitization station” and kaper chart for meeting precautions.

The girls are very serious about checking temperatures pre and post meeting – check out the picture of their kaper chart and sanitization station. They also created a health screening log. The group also engineered some new and improved sit-upons for their social distancing! Of course, the girls will have to add their troop leader’s names to the kaper chart for temperature taking now that the guidelines have been updated.

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.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Sidney Barbier, Steamboat Springs, “State Park Waste Diversion”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project is focused on State Park Waste Diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! My project branched into a variety of pieces such as a staff orientation to educate staff at Colorado state parks on the basics of waste diversion so that they can help share their knowledge. I worked to create a Junior Ranger curriculum that includes reduce, reuse, recycle guidelines. I did my own in-person waste sorts with the public in order to bring awareness and get helpful data as an insight into the issue of recycling contamination. To help further knowledge of recycling, I developed and posted signage that is both sustainable and durable that will help educate people and empower them to make the right choice! Every piece of my project aims at sustainability of our amazing state parks for future generations of girls to enjoy.

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

My initial plan was to measure my project’s success at Steamboat Lake by doing a beginning and end waste sort, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I instead found success in my project based on the number of people I was able to reach and on all levels, from staff, visitors, the public, and Girl Scouts of all ages. I was able to see this based on the number of views on my YouTube Channel, blog, and Facebook. In addition, simply posting the signage made a huge difference in the amount of contamination in the trash and recycling as observed by park employee Eric Young. When I was at Steamboat Lake posting the signage, I had multiple staff members come up to me and say how thankful they were for my presentation at their staff orientation and how much they learned. I was visibly able to see the impact education truly has on people of all backgrounds and ages. People gained new knowledge on the basics of waste diversion, the what, why, and how of recycling, as well as what individuals can do in the community to help reduce their own waste. I taught many young girls how to do their very own waste sort at home and how to set up their own successful recycling systems. My impact was measured throughout my project in less quantifiable means then I had intended, but the overall impact was based on the overall increase in knowledge and education around where our waste is truly going. I started the conversion, and I will continue to help be a part of it.

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

In order to ensure the sustainability and longevity of my project beyond my involvement, I created and developed a letter of commitment that was signed by Kelly Cook, my project advisor and the administrative assistant of Steamboat Lake State Park, that ensures commitment by the state park to maintain the vision and goals of my project through a series of detailed and specific commitments. The letter of commitment lays out each part of my project and the resources available in order for the state park to continue my work. For each step of my project, I worked to make it sustainable for future use. For example, I uploaded videos of my staff orientation presentation to YouTube to be available for future use. I created a waste sort kit to be available to each seasonal interpreter for further use in park programs. I created signage that will last for at least two years and can be easily repurchased for continued educational awareness. I provided a PDF of resources from Yampa Valley Sustainability Council as well as the Junior Ranger program to be reprinted, reused, and recycled to continue the use of these resources for both the public, visitors, and young kids. By signing this letter of commitment, Steamboat Lake Park has committed to maintaining my project vision, goals, and mission beyond my involvement in order to increase waste diversion and recycling to make the state parks more sustainable for future generations to enjoy.

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

I met and coordinated with Girl Scouts of Colorado staff member Anna Danilla in order to find ways to share and integrate my Gold Award Project with the  Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend event. I ended up creating a blog post coupled with pictures that share the basics about my project and the relationship to state parks. In addition, I shared my Project Greenify YouTube Channel as online resources for the virtual piece of the Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, September 12 and13, 2020. The blog information and YouTube link was posted on Girl Scouts of Colorado website, Facebook, and sent out in RSVP emails to reach potentially 1,000 girls and their family’s and share my project with Girl Scouts beyond Routt County.

What did you learn about yourself?

One of the biggest things I learned about myself throughout the whole project is that I truly do have the power to make a difference. Through perseverance, patience, passion, and hard work, I was able to make an impact on other people and the environment as a whole. I learned that I have the ability to lead and collaborate with others to create something achievable. I didn’t simply write down lofty goals, I achieved them. I learned that my passion for the environment and the human-environment interaction, is not something that will go away. It is a true passion that I want to continue to learn about, study, and share in my future and beyond. I learned what direction I want my life to take; I want to study environmental science and policy in college and beyond.

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

Earning my Gold Award has not only given me the confidence that I can change the world, but the tools to continue to make a difference. In my future, I will use my Gold Award experience as a segue into having a more lasting impact and continuing to share my passion for environmental science with the world. Being a Gold Award Girl Scout will help in every application and interview for college and beyond. It has given me the leadership skills that will apply to every situation life throws at me.

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

The journey towards earning my Gold Award was a truly unique experience and was a perfect cumulative experience of everything I have learned and gained from Girl Scouts since I was in kindergarten. I used the basics of the Girl Scout Promise to “use resources wisely” and turned it into a sustainable and achievable project. I took initiative and worked to serve my community as I had been taught to do throughout my years as a Girl Scout. I feel that earning my Gold Award was an achievement I had always dreamed of. Ever since I saw the Gold Award Girl Scouts as my troop received our Silver Award, I knew I wanted to one day stand up there and present how I used Girl Scouts as a forum for making a difference.

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

Throughout my Gold Award journey, I was able to strengthen and develop a multitude of leadership skills. I believe that one of the greatest skills I gained was in collaboration. I learned to practice balancing independence with reaching out to my team for help, support, feedback, and advice. Along with collaboration came innovation. In both dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and simply working towards sustainability for my project, I was able to demonstrate leadership in using my own confidence and delegation skills to continue my project moving forward. I continue to reach out to organizations and team members, and did not simply stand by idly during the strict period of quarantine. I became a real “go-getter,” as I used my drive and motivation along with a positive mindset to find creative solutions, by creating virtual material such as Project Greenify, finding ways to coordinate with Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, and posting signage in a socially distant way. I developed skills in public speaking as I stepped up to a position of leadership and led waste-sort, staff orientation, public presentations, and Girl Scout events. I continually practiced accountability as I took responsibility for keeping up with my target dates, setting up my own meetings, and focusing on time management in order to accomplish each of my goals. I stepped up to become a coordinator, decision-maker, and active listener, as I became involved in other organizations such as state parks, and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. The Gold Award experience has truly brought out my initiative and commitment to taking a stand and becoming an influential G.I.R.L.

**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.

Silver Award Girl Scout: The History of Women’s Suffrage

Submitted by Gracelyn

Mountain Communities

Cowdrey

My Silver Award project started when I began the Nineteenth Amendment Girl Scout Ranger Patch. In it was a section encouraging me to teach other girls about the women’s suffrage movement. Because I love history, I was inspired to create a website to teach younger girls about women’s history.

My goal with my Silver Award project was to educate younger girls about their history as women, so as to build a future generation of G.I.R.L.s. In the time of COVID-19, however, it was going to be hard to reach girls. This was where the website came from. With the upcoming election, it’s more important than ever for girls to be informed, and I really hope that those girls who learn about their history and their rights will be inspired to take action in the world around them. The girls of today will be the G.I.R.L.s of tomorrow.

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.

I 💚 Fall Product Program: Lexi from Dillon

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star and Girl Scout Lexi  from Dillon told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

I have participated in the Fall Product Program for three years now. 

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

I like creating an avatar that looks like me. It gives it a little bit more of a personal touch. I do not record a voice message. 

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends and other customers? Is it fun to use?

I like having an online storefront because it allows me to reach my family and friends that don’t live near me. It is fun to use because I can track my sales. 

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

If you are participating for the first time, try to get started right away and ask friends and family and teachers if they would like to support you.

What nut or candy item (s) do your customers like best?

My customers like the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Pecan Supremes, and Mint Trefoils Vintage Compass Tin the most. 

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

My troop has used the Fall Product Program proceeds to go on fun trips, such as the trip we took to Glenwood Caverns and hot springs. 

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward I have earned would be the 100th anniversary blanket. 

Thank you, Lexi, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Project Greenify, a Girl Scout Gold Award Project

 

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend is coming up September 12 – 13, 2020! This year, girls can participate virtually or in–person by visiting select Colorado State Parks to participate in self–guided activities like nature trails, junior ranger programs, activity backpacks, and more! RSVP and learn more here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scouts_love_sta.html

Leading up to this event, we want to showcase a fantastic Girl Scout Gold Award project related to state parks, “Project Greenify,” from Sidney B.  Read on to learn more about Sidney’s project:

My name is Sidney. I am currently a Junior in high school at Steamboat Mountain School. I have been a Girl Scout since I was in kindergarten and am currently working towards earning my Gold Award, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Girl Scout. My project is focused on state park waste diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! My project branched into a variety of pieces such as a staff orientation to educate staff at state parks on the basics of waste diversion so that they can help share their knowledge. I worked to create a Junior Ranger curriculum that includes reduce, reuse, and recycle guidelines. I did my own in-person waste sorts with the public in order to bring awareness and get helpful data as an insight into the issue of recycling contamination. To help further knowledge of recycling, I developed and posted signage that is both sustainable and durable that will help educate people and empower them to make the right choice! Every piece of my project aims at sustainability of our amazing state parks for future generations of girls to enjoy.

As you may know, September 12 and 13 is Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend! This is a chance to celebrate our state parks and the amazing opportunities and wild spaces they protect while giving way for changing our environment for the better.

As a piece of my Gold Award project, I have created a YouTube Channel called Project Greenify to share fun and educational videos for Girl Scouts across Routt County and Colorado. I have created a series of three different videos along with attached resources. The first is a general overarching introduction to waste diversion and recycling, and teaches the basics of environmental stewardship. The second video teaches how to do your very own waste sort at home and learn why our waste matters. The third video is a fun activity called “Birds and Worms’ and is designed for young Brownies and Daisies. By watching these videos and completing these activities, Girl Scouts are continuing the legacy of environmental stewardship, using resources wisely, and making the world a better place! In addition, Girls will be able to work towards earning their “eco” badges.

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.

You’re Invited! Robot Building Party! (Mountain Communities)

 

Calling all girls K-3rd grades in the Mountain Communities who are not currently in Girl Scouts – but totally should be! Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a ROBOT with Girl Scouts!

Join us for a Robot Building Party! Thursday, July 9th at 5pm! FREE! Register in advance on the Eventbrite link to save your spot and we’ll send you a confirmation email with the Zoom link to join us!

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

Sign up HERE for the event!

This party is for future Girl Scouts only Please pass this invitation to your friends who wish to become a Girl Scout! Who better than you to invite them to join?

If you are a current Girl Scout – please check out the July badge series for Space Science for Daisy, for Brownie, and for Junior levels!  And visit our Badge Explorer to see Robotics badges for your grade level.

Questions? Call or text Carole at 720-450-4199; carole.vowell@gscolorado.org

 

Gold Award Girl Scout to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with scholarships

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Winter Park

I first met Kayla Davis when she was a Girl Scout Junior in fourth grade and was excited when she received her Gold Award in May of 2019. Kayla’s Gold Award, “NCSD Moves in the Mountains,” involved designing, building, and installing an adaptive, comprehensive obstacle course for statewide use by members of the National Sports Center for the Disabled. This transportable project is stored in a trailer in Grand County.

Kayla is graduating from high school this summer and will be headed to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Her choice of university and Aerospace Engineering major with a minor in Space Studies, was a wonderful surprise for many of us. I asked her what influenced her decisions and she said: “the movie Hidden Figures.” Kayla first saw the movie at the end of her freshman year in high school and realized veterinary school was not going to be the right fit for her. Kayla was inspired by the African American women in the movie, all mathematicians, who helped develop NASA’s space program in the 1960’s. Kayla and her family also visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida later that year and the rest is history!

I am proud to share that Kayla received two significant scholarships this year: The PEO STAR Scholarship, which is awarded to 880 recipients across the United States and Canada and focuses on leadership, academic achievement, extracurricular participation, and community service; and a substantial scholarship from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University that is directly tied to her Gold Award and high school career achievements.

We are so proud of you Kayla; you exemplify what a Gold Award Girl Scout can achieve!

Celebrate Earth Day with a Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Submitted by Sidney B.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in kindergarten and am currently working towards earning my Gold Award, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Girl Scout. My project is focused on state park waste diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! As you may know, April 22 is Earth Day! This is a chance to celebrate our planet and raise our voices for changing our environment for the better.

As a piece of my Gold Award project, I have created a YouTube Channel called Project Greenify to share fun and educational videos for Girl Scouts across Routt Country and Colorado. I have created a series of three different videos along with attached resources. The first is a general overarching introduction to waste diversion and recycling and teaches the basics of environmental stewardship. The second video teaches how to do your very own waste sort at home and learn why our waste matters. The third video is a fun activity called “Birds and Worms” and is designed for Brownies and Daisies.

By watching these videos and completing these activities, Girl Scouts are continuing the legacy of environmental stewardship, using resources wisely, and making the world a better place! In addition, Girl Scouts will be able to work towards earning their “eco” badges. Check out the Girl Scouts Badge Explorer to see what may be of interest to you.

Four Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield Counties awarded camperships

Update as of April 23, 2020: The family of Mary Jo Jacobs and the Mary Jo Jacobs, MD Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund ensures that all four girls can use their campership awards for summer camp in 2021.  Girls in Eagle and Garfield Counties are encouraged to apply in winter 2021 for next summer’s adventures.


The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Four Girl Scouts will attend Girl Scouts of Colorado’s resident camp in summer 2020 courtesy of funds from the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund.

  • Fourth-grade Girl Scout Junior Sylvia D. of New Castle will attend Girl vs. Wild at Sky High Ranch.  She’s attending camp for the first time, thanks to confidence gained in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and  a trip with her troop top sellers!  She writes that, “Mary Jo Jacobs’ story was inspiring because she aspired to be good and to do better.  Imagine if we all aspired to that level.  The world would be a better place.”
  • Third-grade Brownie Juniper K. of Eagle will attend Ranch Camp at Tomahawk Ranch. She’s super-excited to attend camp for the first time and even more excited to be able to share the experience with a friend! Juniper considers herself helpful and friendly and says,  “I love Girl Scouts because I love going on adventures, having fun and being with friends.”
  • Girl Scout Lela W. of Basalt will attend resident camp for the very first time this summer.  She’s registered for Life-Sized Game Boards at Sky High Ranch and Enchancia at Tomahawk Ranch.  She says “being a Girl Scout is about more than just getting together with friends and having a good time. It’s about working hard, helping people, and making the world a better place.”  She smashed her own goal this year to earn cookie credits to support her camp experiences.
  • Girl Scout Junior Isabella P. will attend Adventure Olympics at Sky High Ranch.  The current fifth grader says that “being a Girl Scout means she can do fun things, make new friends, and learn life lessons in the process.”  Isabella was originally awarded a campership in summer 2019, but was unable to go. She’s thankful for the opportunity this summer and would encourage any young girl to join Girl Scouts “ because it is so fun, and you can help your community!”

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision. After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund

Each year, any Girl Scout in Chaffee County who earns a Gold Award is eligible to receive $1,000 from the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund at Girl Scouts of Colorado. Started in 2015 by Johanna Farrar’s husband and children, this memorial fund honors Johanna’s Girl Scout legacy and celebrates the tremendous efforts of Gold Award Girl Scouts. Annual gifts from the Farrar family and local Girl Scouts make awards possible. Says Gene Farrar, “Even more than rewarding girls for their work and contributions to the community in achieving their Gold Award, our hope is to aid young women with that kind of initiative and motivation to gain a better education, primarily through formal education.” Read more about Johanna Farrar.

In the past five years, three Chaffee County Gold Award Girl Scouts have received funds to further their education and experience and appreciate other cultures through travel. While the family will not be making an award in 2020, if you are a Girl Scout in Chaffee County, now is the time to consider going for Gold! Check out Highest Awards Resources and get started with Go Gold!  Register for upcoming webinar!