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Daisy Troop 77918 turns plastic bags into restored benches at the Callahan House

By the City of Longmont

A group of 13 girls from the Longmont Daisy Troop 77918 teamed up with local retailer, Budget Home Supply, to host a plastic bag drive, turning plastic bags into recycled composite decking materials to restore two benches for The City of Longmont’s Callahan House. The drive served as an opportunity for the girls to reach out to the community and learn about involvement, service, and charity.

Sponsored by Budget Home Supply, the girls’ plastic bag collections were sent to AZEK Building Products, where they were transformed into composite decking material, which is made up of 90 – 95% plastic film. The material was brought to the Callahan House where the Daisy troop worked with a local contractor Big Sky Builders, who also donated time to the project, on the restoration of the benches. They worked together to replace the worn boards on the existing benches with the new composite material, restoring the benches to a like-new condition.  

On November 2, 2019 the girls and their troop leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony and tea party at the Callahan House to celebrate their hard work and the success of the project.

The City would like to thank the girls for all of their hard work and dedication on this project. The benches look great and will be appreciated by many visiting the Callahan House for years to come!

Built in 1892, Longmont’s Historic Callahan House and Garden is a historically designated home given to the City of Longmont in 1938 by honest and skillful merchants, Alice and Thomas Callahan. Host to several special events open to the community yearly, the House is also available to rent for private events.

Stop by The Callahan Holiday Open House on Friday, December 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. for a tour of the historic house and visit with Santa! This event is open to the public and admission is free. Parents, bring your own cameras to capture the moments!

Gold Award Girl Scout: Renee Gangwish, Boulder, “Fence It Up”

What did you do for your Gold Award Project?

For my Girl Scout Gold Award Project, I completed an historic and environmental restoration project. My project was to restore the fences around Walker Ranch Homestead. It was mainly to bring out a group of volunteers to restore rotted out and broken down fences for the good of the community, as well as increase public awareness on a wide scale of the need for environmental restoration not only for current use, but for future generations.

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

I increased public awareness on a wide scale by using my curriculum to reach about 150 people at my dance team, 40 at the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee meeting, and 30 girls and parents from my troop. I hope to increase the visitation percentage to Walker Ranch, but unfortunately I do not have any data to illustrate if this was accomplished as it will take more time for the data to be collected. I was the first Girl Scout to work with Boulder County, and have opened the door for many more to do the same.

How is your project sustainable?

The fencing will be sustained for many years after my project due to the new and stronger material we will be using, but also by others who have the same passion as me and will continue to restore these fences. The sustainability mission of Boulder County and Walker Ranch is to “maintain a high quality of life, without compromising the ability of future residents to do the same.” My curriculum will be sustained because I have a signed letter from the owner of my dance studio, Artistic Fusion, promising to allow me to continue on teaching and sharing my curriculum to inspire kids and their families from across all of Colorado. As well, my website will stay up and continue to be viewed by people, as well as promoted by Boulder County through a flyer of mine which will be put up at their offices to direct people to my website. This will allow my message to continue to be spread through the Internet and all of those who see it.

What is your projects global and/or national connection?

My project was shared in the local newspaper, as well as being aired on CBS4 News in Colorado. My website is able to be seen both globally and nationally. I sent my website to WAGGGS, Piper Jaffray, National Parks and Service’s Office of Public Relations, the State of Colorado Office of Public Relations, International Affairs Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as to Boulder County Parks and Open Space.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I can interact and manage working with several organizations at the same time, although often challenging. I learned that I can recruit, organize, and lead a team of my friends and fellow students to accomplish a project of this magnitude. I learned that if I am passionate, hard working and persistent, it is possible to achieve great things.

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

I believe that earning my Gold Award will make me more prepared and confident in my actions in the future. Whether it be in school or in a job, I feel that this experience will be one a keep with me and use it to better myself in the future.

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

The Gold Award, though isn’t the complete end of my experience, was a summation of everything I have learned through Girl Scouts, as well as how Girl Scouts has changed my view on the world. The passion and care I have for the environment was curated through Girl Scouts, which is what lead me to create and spend a lot of my time on my Gold Award.

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 both a leader and go-getter. I had to coordinate with many different people and companies in order to get everything accomplished for my project, causing me to become a “go-getter” and take action to ensure everything got done. I also became a leader through taking charge of my project and everyone who helped me during the process.

**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 racing derby coming up

Submitted by Sandi Knowles

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 is putting on a Girl Scout Racing Derby in Loveland on January 19, 2020. This event is open to all Girl Scout levels. Girls will create their own cars to race and may enter their design in the Girls’ Choice design competition.

Trophies will be awarded at each level for first, second, and third place, as well as best design. A grand prize trophy will be awarded to the overall race winner.

For more details and to register, visit: https://girl-scouts-racing-derby.cheddarup.com

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

“Three Cheers for Animals” Journey event

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 hosted a Daisy Journey in a Day event! They had 21 Daisies at their event and six girls from Troop 70720, who were running the event. They had Dr. Agone from Animal House speak to the Daisies about animal care. The girls had several stations and small talks prepared about animals and animal care as well. Their big finale was painting feral cat boxes for Fort Collins Spay and Neuter Clinic. The older girls had prepped them and put them together and all the Daisies got to enjoy decorating and painting them. Troop 70720 delivered the cat boxes to the cat rescue. There will be some happy and warm homeless kitties this winter.

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

Petal in a Day event for Girl Scout Daisies

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Attention Daisy troops! Are you looking to earn your “Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout” petal in just one day? If so, we have an easy and no stress way for you to do just that. Let some older Girl Scouts do the work of leading. There are two options:

  • March 22, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McKee 4H building
  • April 26, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m.at the McKee 4H building

Cost is only $10 per girl. Badge is not included as this comes in a set. Use this link to register: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cbPwP1lvzv7rO3kQojt50lN8gqbwHgwq/view?fbclid=IwAR0eZ1gbcELdAHf3klw_7PWMP1tJpTHMcIt6xXr–urUpzFk2S23g-qwpiI  Space is limited so register early!

Hope to see you there! Confirmation email will come to you within a week of sending out your registration. If you don’t see one, check in with us. The girl in charge of emails is extremely prompt and sends them out the same day that payments come in.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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

Cyberheroes

Submitted by Nicki Meldrum

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

Troop 76011 learned about layers of cybersecurity by drawing castles with their layers of protection. The girls had a blast creating castles decked out with security cameras, moats, alligators, and pickles! (Yes, pickles!!) They learned the importance of passwords and the how and why of protecting our information on the Internet. Next, they used that information to explore the Internet safely.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Emma Gibbs, Longmont, “Raptor Activities Leadership Council”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

My project addressed the social stigmas and lack of understanding for people’s diverse talents and passions. My goal was to increase attendance at regularly lower attended events and increase the amount of school spirit through the organization of more school events. My target audience was the students at my high school with the intent to inform other high schools of the program’s results and create a guide or template on how to create a program like mine at other schools. As my project progressed, I realized that I needed to focus on why students weren’t attending events, so I partnered with the school administration and PTO to find alternate ways to communicate with students about events going on in my school.

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

As you will see below from my presentation, my initial goals were not being met, but after reflection and refocus of the project, I was able to more effectively communicate events through the PTO, administration, and to students.

End of semester one reflection:

  • Not seeing the attendance that I wanted to be seeing at that point
  • Was asking RALC group for ideas and they still weren’t working
  • Felt like I was a failure and wasn’t making a difference
  • Needed to get to the root cause of attendance

I needed more help, so I partnered with my school’s booster club and found that:

  • Root of low attendance with communication
  • Also, an issue with general school spirit
  • Allowed me to better communicate and connect with my school administration

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

My project will continue to be sustained for years to come. Since I did my project as part of the leadership academy at my school, I was able to work with the junior class and get a junior (now senior) to commit to continuing my project into the next school year. This individual is very passionate about school spirit and is involved in multiple extra-curricular activities, making her a perfect fit for this project. My leadership academy director also has expressed how much she enjoys this program and is committed to keeping it running in the years to come. By sharing my project with other schools, it will also be sustained because similar programs may start to pop up throughout the area and spread. While these programs might not be the exact same as mine they will be addressing the same or similar issues that I focused on.

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

I was able to send my project to other schools in the midwest. Our school leadership group had partnered with another school to learn about the Leadership Academy. I was able to send my project to those individuals.

What did you learn about yourself? 

I learned about project organization, time management, flexibility, and being open to change. Even though my initial project objectives weren’t being met, I was able to regroup and refocus my objectives to a more narrow project. I thought I would be able to increase attendance at events, but I discovered that finding better and broader ways of communication could be effective in increasing awareness, which will drive attendance.

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

I will be able to take the skills I learned, specifically communication with adults, learning to preserve, being flexible, and open to suggestions from others. These skills will be used in college in my classes, honors activities, and with my soccer team and coaches. I learned that communicating and sharing of ideas with others can help to keep projects moving forward and be successful.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of Girl Scouts as it takes all the skills and talents that you learn over the years and puts them together into one large project.  I enjoyed completing the Journeys with my troop members. We were a troop from several different schools and it was always interesting to see how other schools were dealing with issues. Being responsible for a large project: planning, organizing, implementing, and completing it can be very rewarding.  As I mentioned, I learned a lot of new skills and learned about working with other people of all ages.

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

I believe the Gold Award helped me to become even more of a go-getter. I have always worked at being organized and staying on top of homework and projects, while playing soccer at the highest level possible. Being a go-getter has helped me get where I am today, at a Division 1 college, playing soccer, while obtaining a college degree, with a focus in nursing. I am also a part of the honors program at my college. When I see something that I want, I figure out what it will take to get it, and I work hard to achieve my goals.

**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

 

Junior “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Where better to earn your Junior “Think Like An Engineer” Journey than at Tomahawk Ranch! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp.

Who: Girl Scout Junior troops or Juliettes with adult

Dates: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

When: Arrive at 3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Depart at 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey- enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

Cost: $70 per girl $40 per adult. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate. Price does not include Journey award patches.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

During this fun Journey camp, Juniors will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three design thinking activities to explore hands-on what it’s like to think like an engineer. You will also receive the materials needed for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community to complete their Take Action Project are complete their Journey!

Register/pay online
https://junior-think-like-an-engineer-journey-in-a-day.cheddarup.com or mail in registration form below.

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

Girl Scout Days at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Submitted by Jennavieve W.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Presenting: Girl Scout Days at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery!

Girl Scout Days is an ongoing program I helped create for my Silver Award. It will run every few months and switch between ages and interests. This awesome program not only gives Northern Colorado Girl Scouts a place to participate in local and affordable STEAM activities, but also volunteer opportunities for older Girl Scouts. One of the perks of Girl Scout Days is that family members of participating girls are able to visit the museum during the event; eliminating the problem of carpooling and finding babysitters for siblings.

The first-ever Girl Scout Day was Brownie Engineering Extravaganza on October 12, 2019. Girl Scout Brownies used their amazing G.I.R.L. powers to earn four badges and fun patch.

We loved seeing their go-getter personalities as they innovated fling flyers. They took risks when testing their senses with mystery boxes and optical illusions. They learned a bit about anatomy and world cultures by taste-testing teas and visiting Gerald the Jack-o’-Lantern. Last, but not least, the girls used their leadership skills as they chose jobs within their teams and used teamwork to create Rube Goldberg inspired chain reaction contraptions. They all did an amazing job!

Thank you to all of the troops who attended for making my event a success. A huge thank you to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for allowing me the opportunity to start this program. A special thank you to Angela Kettle for being my mentor and helping me create the event.

I look forward to providing many more STEAM events for my Girl Scout sisters. A second session of Brownie Engineering Extravaganza will be available soon and a Junior coding event is in the works.

Stay tuned for more to come!

I chose this project as my Silver Award because I come from a large family and if there is an event in Denver, my mom has to bring my siblings with us or hire a babysitter, so we can’t always make it. I wanted to make a difference and provide girls with the same problem a solution. I also wanted to give other girls my age more and closer volunteer opportunities.

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

Save the Date: Secrets to Success in Greeley

Save the date for Secrets to Success in Greeley on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Aims Community College!

What is your Secret to Success?

Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders our first Northern Colorado Secrets to Success event. We believe every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders.

Girls will connect with professional women in a variety of career fields, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women in our community. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders a variety of fields, such as technology, law, healthcare, finance, skilled trades, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models that will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success.

** This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend. Registration will open winter 2020. **

Email carol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list and you’ll be emailed directly when registration opens.

More information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/secrets_to_success_1616242345.html

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