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Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Recipients Honored at Highest Awards celebration in Boulder

More than fifty Girl Scout families and friends gathered at Mountain View Methodist Church in Boulder on April 24, 2016 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

Two Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Brittany Jaros from Boulder, Holy Family High School, developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Courtney Howell from Niwot, Silver Creek High School, organized a science, math, and engineering exploration day for middle and elementary school students to show them that science can be fun. Both described their projects and how earning the Gold Award has impacted their lives. Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 who earn the Gold Award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented their awards. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in grades 4th and 5th can earn.

Girl Scouts of Colorado COO Jacky Noden said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.

“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.

Kaitlin Jaros, whose sister Brittany accepted her Gold Award, served as the celebration’s emcee. She earned her Gold Award several years ago for a project that focused on three areas of health: eating, exercise, and getting enough sleep. She teamed up with gym and health teachers at Casey Middle School, Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Louis middle schools. The teachers had students track for a week their food intake and the number of hours of exercise and sleep they completed. She took the data and created spreadsheets, showing where students could improve. She presented the information at each of the schools, explaining the importance of forming healthy habits early.

“Girl Scouts has ultimately shaped me into the person I am today by instilling values of courage, confidence, and character, ultimately giving us the mission to make the world a better place.” she said.

This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to honor this year’s Highest Awards recipients at ceremonies around the state. These events include:

  • May 1st at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
  • May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs




Fort Collins Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

Ten Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 74180 in Fort Collins have earned the Bronze Award, the Highest Award a Girl Scout Junior can earn, for their work on two projects. The first was to support the FoCo Café, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build community by providing nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins regardless of their ability to pay. The girls made bird houses, unique wind chimes, stepping stones and painted rock garden markers that were used in the garden area at the cafe. The second project the girls chose to do was to support the Larimer County Humane Society by making cats toys and running a lemonade stand during an adoption event. In total, the girls gave 200 hours of service to their community.

The troop will officially accept their award at the Highest Awards celebration Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Collins Marriott (350 E. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins). They will join hundreds of other Girl Scouts and troops from across northern and northeastern Colorado who have earned their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

All of these young women have demonstrated exceptional commitment to taking action to make the world a better place through their community service. Their accomplishments reflect extraordinary leadership and citizenship skills that mark them as valuable contributors to their communities and world.


Girl Scout Display at the Loveland Public Library

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Submitted by Linda Robinson


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

The GSCO History Committee has a display at the Loveland Public Library during the month of February.  The display highlights 100 years of Highest Awards in Girl Scouts.  The Girl Scout Gold Award began in 1980, but Girl Scouts have been earning a highest award since 1916.  This award has been called the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, First Class, and Curved Bar.  Posters showing information about these awards, along with Girl Scout handbooks and badge books through the years,  are joined by some vintage uniforms and badge sashes showing earned badges. In addition to highlighting Highest Awards, there is a section advertising cookie sales.

The GSCO history committee hopes that if you are in the Loveland area during the month of February, you will stop by the library and see the display.  The Loveland Library is located at 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537 and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information on the GSCO History Center in Loveland email gscohistory@gmail.com.  We welcome troop visits as well as community visitors.  The committee works on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon.

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Silver Award project: Warrior clean-up

Submitted by Jessica Jager


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

The link below shows how three 8th grade Cadettes got a whole cross country high school team and other volunteers to help clean up the local high school and the memory garden and plant some flowers.

Congratulations, Perrin, Eden, and Rachel for working hard on your Silver Award project!

Jessica Jager – Cadette Leader
Ruthie Ahlers – Co-Leader

Learn more about our project here:


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Geocaching on Elf Lane

Submitted by Lisa Westrope


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Our girls learned all about geocaching!  Thanks to our community library, who provided us with a guide (thanks Darlene), GPS devices and compasses, we navigated our way along Elf Lane, and found several geocache goodies!  It was great compass review for the girls, and a perfect day to be out exploring!  Living in the mountains certainly has its benefits!  To read more about our adventures, check out our blog!  🙂

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Troop 70487 of Berthoud earns Silver Award

Submitted by Kathryn Worrell


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

8th grade Cadettes in Troop 70487 from Berthoud wanted to promote reading and recycling for younger people. We decided to to make a Little Library, which is a “Take a  Book, Leave a Book” idea for our Silver Award. Since we were going to put it on a street corner, we had to do a site plan and map it out all according to scale. When we had finished that, we had to take that plan to the city planners to get the plan approved and they did! Then, we were all cleared to start building the Little Library. The troop found a local carpenter to build it for us and he used all recycled wood and handles. We had to take off the doors to be able to paint the Little Library, then we primed all the parts, then painted it with exterior paint. Next, we shingled the turrets and roof with recycled shingles. The Little Library is painted it to look like Hogwarts, from Harry Potter, with the Tardis, from Doctor Who, in front of it. As we were digging the post hole, people were walking by and asking questions about what it was and how it worked. Our troop knows this was a great success because only after a couple of days, it was already being used. Once we had built it, we registered the Little Library on LittleFreeLibrary.org so check us out on the world map! Autumn, Alexa, and Kathryn had a great time working on this project and we thought it was a lot of fun!!

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Denver Troop visits DAM for Dia de los Ninos

Submitted by Lisa Westrope


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

When the Denver Art Museum announced kids under the age of 18 would be free, we decided to jump at that! But then we discovered Dia de los Ninos, and we all got in free, so it was even a better deal!

We drove 2 hours to get there, and spent the entire day enjoying art, crafts, food and entertainment. Everyone had a great time, and out of the whole group, only 3 of us had been there before, so it was an exciting new adventure for all! We had a great time, and the kids all had fun talking about their favorite pieces there. The top three were Linda by John DeAndrea, Fox Games by Sandy Skoglund, and Night Hunter by Stacey Steers. (Interestingly, they were all 3 dimensional pieces!) What a great day!

Check out our blog if you’d like to read more!

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Northern and Northeastern GSCO Office Moving to Loveland


To provide better access for volunteers and staff, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Northern and Northeastern Colorado office is moving from Fort Collins to Loveland on April 1.

The new office is right off of I-25 near the Loveland Outlets in the Centerra area at 2755 Rocky Mountain Ave., Suite 420. It’s also just 15 minutes east of GSCO’s History Center. The new smaller, more professional space is perfect for the region’s needs and is in a more populous area.

Staff contact info will be the same, as will the main phone number, 970-493-5469. Watch soon for open house details.




Do You Wanna Buy Some Cookies?


Submitted by Amelia Hupke


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Hi, my name’s Amelia! I am 7 years old and this is my first year in Girl Scouts. I am a Daisy and I was so excited to go out and sell cookies for the first time! I can’t wait to continue my journey through Girl Scouts with volunteering and fun activities. Girl Scouts has helped me learn responsibility, how to be respectful, helpful and friendly. I can’t wait to see what else I learn in Girl Scouts…and the badges are really cool too!


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