Tag Archives: Northglenn

Cybersecurity Connection

Submitted by Stephanie Cote

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Troop 66796 completed the Junior level of the cybersecurity patch requirements! They learned the vastness of the network of the Internet and the connection needed to send a message from one to another. The process showed the girls that there are many lines and servers needed for connection. They also learned “that messages going to a bad server voice back.” Because the girls wanted to include the whole troop, they discovered the time and effort needed for global connection.

The girls took the activity to another level by exploring the movement of the messages and changing the levels of down servers (as seen in the photo). They also thought of the cyberspace from our troop level to the global level.

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

Girls night out

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Join Troop 66742 on December 20, 2019 anytime from 5 – 10 p.m. at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn 80233) for an exciting night of fun while your parents enjoy a night out or get some holiday shopping done! Girls can choose to play games, craft, earn a few badges, watch movies, and more!

Make a Christmas present for your family, shop our holiday store, or just enjoy a night of FUN!

Cost is $12 per girl.

Additional dinner option is $5 (includes two pieces of pizza and a drink)

Parents: We have gift wrappers who can wrap any of your presents for tips! So, bring your gifts and enjoy some fun with the girls while you wait for your presents to be wrapped or drop them off with your Girl Scout(s) and pick them up when you’re ready! All proceeds will go towards our travel squad’s Costa Rica 2020 tour and/or our Europe 2023 tour.

Badge options include:

Daisy: Eco Learner, Honest and Fair Petal, and Outdoor Art Maker

Brownie: Dancer, Fair Play, Making Friends, and Painter

Junior: Girl Scout Way, Scribe, and Social Butterfly

Use this link to register/learn more about the event: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/troop-66742-travel-squad 

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Gold Award Girl Scout: Amy Tomshack, Northglenn, “First-Aid and CPR in the classroom”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

For my Gold Award project, I addressed the topic of emergency preparedness in schools. I did this by organizing and running a Hands-Only CPR and Stop the Bleed first-aid class, as well as organizing and running a supply drive to collect supplies to expand the first-aid kits that are seen within my school (Northglenn High). The reason why I chose to address emergency preparedness the way I did was for two reasons. First of all, emergencies can take place anytime, and anywhere. With that said, knowing how to efficiently and effectively handle an individual bleeding profusely or unconscious with no pulse can mean the difference in their quality of life post emergency. Secondly, 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost their lives on Valentine’s Day in 2018. To me, this was unacceptable, even losing one person’s life in a school was unacceptable, which prompted me to encourage individuals within a school to learn how to properly handle an emergency that involves bleeding and/or a lack of pulse.

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

I measured the impact that my project had on my target audience, the students and staff of Northglenn High School, through what they were able to learn about the importance of Hands-Only CPR, how to Stop the Bleed, as well as how to perform both life saving actions. The staff and students at Northglenn High School when they see someone lying on the floor, unconscious, and unable to breathe, they know to immediately begin chest compressions. This is because both students and staff are able to understand that a medical condition is causing that individual to be unconscious, and while the students or staff member may not know what exact condition is causing the state of unconsciousness, they are able to provide some help before paramedics arrive.

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

I am passing this project onto Northglenn High School’s HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) chapter by providing them with access to my website, which has the process that I went through with completing my project: contacting the fire department, posting videos of applying tourniquets and hand compressions, as well as collecting emergency supplies contained a list provided on a website created for my project. I also obtained a letter of commitment from HOSA and North Metro Fire Department to make sure that Northglenn High School (my school) will continue to have the supplies to handle emergencies, and students and staff that have the knowledge fresh in their minds to be able to handle emergencies the best that they can.

In addition, anyone who views my website can have 24/7 access to life-saving information in the time after the most recent Stop the Bleed and Hands-Only CPR class and the next class through videos and infographics on my website.  Link to my website here: https://firstaidcprintheclassroom.weebly.com/

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

My national and global connections are with the national HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) organization, of which one chapter is at the school I graduated from, and through my website, which is free for anyone to check out. After speaking with the national HOSA organization, the representative that I spoke to via e-mail informed me that they are partnering with the American Red Cross and the U.S. Public Health Service to begin a program called Stop the Bleed. HOSA has state, national, and international competitions every year, which means students around the state of Colorado and the United States participating in the Stop the Bleed event (upon release) will be studying and practicing the skills needed to perform the best at the competition they attend, and be able to have the skills necessary to save lives. Also, with just over half of the world’s population being able to access the internet, anyone in the world can access my website, which contains videos of how to perform life saving skills, such as applying a tourniquet.

What did you learn about yourself?

What I learned about myself as I completed this project is that I am quite persistent when I want something to get done, and I try to do everything within a timeframe and my ability to do so. This is because when I am really passionate about a subject, such as medicine, I really focus on what is going on, and I become more motivated to complete the task. I also was able to tune in to my caring personality with this project, because my biggest motivator throughout my project was how fed up I was that fellow students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as other schools around the country, were dying from wounds that could have been easily treated on scene, possibly saving their lives. However, since I cannot change what has happened in the past, this project has made at least my school proactive, should the unthinkable happen.

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

Earning my Gold Award will impact my future because I will be able to have the confidence in leading a group of people to accomplish a goal. Before I had started and while working on my Gold Award, being a group leader had been a little ways beyond my comfort zone. However, since the Gold Award is girl-led, it was able to push me beyond my comfort zone since I was in charge of everything that would take place during my project. Now that I have completed my Gold Award, I am now confident in my leadership abilities, especially when it comes to providing emergency first-aid and CPR because I can direct the people around me what to do to help in an emergency until the paramedics can take over.

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

Earning the Gold Award has been an important part of my Girl Scout experience because as I have already mentioned, the project gave me the confidence to be able to lead something that I am passionate about. I love anything to do with medicine and helping people, and I was able to do both of those when I taught (the EMTs did the actual teaching) my classmates and teachers how to stop bleeding and perform chest compressions, should they need to perform one or both of those actions.

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 go-getter in G.I.R.L. because I had to reach beyond what I knew before earning my Gold to be able to communicate effectively, meet deadlines, and to put my project into motion. Also, since there was no adult to tell me how my project should be completed, meaning no one to “grade” my work, I had to take initiative and plan out my project myself. Of course, I did have some friends and adults helping me complete my project, but ultimately it was up to me to plan things out and get them done. I wanted my Gold Award with a burning passion, and I am so thankful that the Gold Award encouraged me to go get what I wanted, and ultimately make me a more confident person.

**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

Inspiring others through community service

Submitted by Kristen Chipman

Metro Denver

Northglenn/Thornton

Some of the Girl Scouts of Troop 66742 were doing their share of community service by helping plant the flowerbed in front of the Northglenn Recreation Center! For the last several years, the girls have committed to caring for this flowerbed every summer. This year, they planted Marigolds and Red Petunias in honor of the City of Northglenn’s 50th Anniversary!

Troop 66742 loves to give back to the community. Whether it be through helping take care of a flowerbed or donating to a local church, these girls are always doing amazing things! They are leading by example on how to take small steps to make a big impact in this world!

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Danise Bachman, Northglenn, “Coping with Grief Around the Holidays Activity Pages”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

The main issue I wanted to address was coping with grief around holidays. Many kids/young adults struggle with grief during the holiday season and my idea was to use art theory as a way to help people cope. Together with a team of artists, we created over sixteen coloring pages that are focused around a variety of holidays. Based on feedback given during my initial presentation, each page is geared towards either kids or teen/young adults. I partnered with an organization called Judi’s House which is in Denver. They help grieving families by providing free group therapy. After hand drawing each page, we scanned them into a PDF document and gave it to Judi’s House on a flash drive for them to use with the kids and teens who they provide services for.

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

I measured the impact of my project via feedback from surveys that were sent to Judi’s House clients as well as anonymous comments from the target audience.

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

Judi’s House has signed a letter of commitment saying that they will continue to use the pages. This means that they will print however many pages as long as they like. Judi’s House requested that we also make some general seasonal pages that they can use in the waiting rooms all year round. This was feedback and a request from Judi’s House that we implemented. I have also given the project to social workers at Colorado Preparatory Academy and Pikes Peak High School to use for the kids they work with.

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

In order to establish a national/global link, I delegated the pages to be translated into Spanish to a team member who is proficient in the language. I then gave the pages that were translated to the organizations previously mentioned. Judi’s House also has a national curriculum and Colorado Preparatory Academy and Pikes Peak High School work with kids from all over nation. (Please note that all students enrolled in these two schools have a residence in Colorado, but many are from different states/countries and there are some students who temporarily live out of state as well.)

What did you learn about yourself?

The main thing I learned about myself is that if I put enough effort in something, I can make a difference. Before, this issue of grief around the holidays seemed to be one I couldn’t help. Now, I know that that is something I can do about this issue and others like it.

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

The Gold Award has not only given me the confidence and leadership skills I will need for the future, but it also will help me be considered for scholarships, colleges, and any jobs I will apply for.

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

After being a Girl Scout for 13 years, I feel as though this is the perfect way to end my time at Girl Scouts. It has brought me closer with my fellow sister Girl Scouts and this project allows me to use many of the skills that Girl Scouts had taught me over the years.

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

Earning my Gold Award has helped me become a go-getter and a leader. There were many instances of me having to go out of my comfort zone to go get what I wanted for this project and I leading a team has been an amazing experience that has helped grow my leadership skills.

**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 project: Care Cabinet

Girl Scout Cadettes Katie and Maddie of Northglenn are building what they call a “Care Cabinet” to be placed in their community. The “Care Cabinet” is similar to a Free Little Library. However, instead of stocking their cabinet with books, Katie and Maddie plan to fill it with personal hygiene items, non-perishable foods, and other items that might help someone experiencing homelessness. Through this project, the girls hope to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scout Cadettes.

The Girl Scouts and their project were featured on Fox31/KDVR-TV in Denver. Watch the story here:  https://kdvr.com/2019/03/07/local-girl-scouts-using-cookie-proceeds-to-help-people-experiencing-homelessness/

Uniform to Uniform: Middle school police officer

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Officer Dusky from SRMS visited one of our booths on February 22, 2019. Funny enough, he was invited to a different booth, but showed up to ours on accident! Either way, it was cool to see my middle school officer and his colleague “mini me” at our booth.

Invite uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you at your cookie booth as part of Uniform to Uniform! Learn all about this new patch program on the GSCO Blog: https://bit.ly/2VaYX1a

“Go for Bold” cookie rally

Nearly 200 Girl Scouts, volunteers, and parents gathered on Friday, January 25, 2019 for the “Go for Bold” cookie rally at Northglenn Christian Church in Northglenn. Activities for the evening focused on helping younger Girl Scouts learn the 5 Skills. They included:

  • Obstacle course to practice money management
  • Mock cookie booth to practice talking to customers
  • Corn hole and mystery headband games to test Girl Scout cookie knowledge
  • Craft station to make a chart to track cookie goals
  • Cookie tasting station to try the cookies and vote for your favorite

Reporter Jeff Todd and a photographer for CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver also attended the cookie rally. To watch the story, click this link: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/01/25/girl-scouts-cookies-northglenn/

A special thanks to the Cadettes of Troop 66742, troop leader  Jordan Cadena, and the entire leadership team for “The Woods” service unit for hosting such an awesome event.

Holly Days Festival: Free event for the whole family

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton – Northglenn

Come one, come all to the Hillcrest Holly Days Festival! This is a FREE family event for all ages. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend! Bring nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and friends! There will be crafts, FREE pictures with Santa, vendors, food, door prizes, and a gift shop.

Troop 66742 will be hosting the crafts for the children and selling our own crafts at our table to earn money for our upcoming Costa Rica trip! Make sure to stop by! Follow us on social media #Journey2CostaRica

Where: 10335 Croke Dr., Northglenn, CO 80260

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Questions: 720-384-8420

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

Brownie-Daisy Fun Day

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Troops 60114 and 66777, along with The Woods Service Unit 646, proudly present Brownie-Daisy Fun Day! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Adams County Fairgrounds in the Al Lesser Building.

This event is for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and their parent/troop leaders. Daisies will earn their “Between Earth and Sky” Journey, while Brownies will earn their “Cabin Camper,” “Outdoor Adventurer,” and *new* “Eco Friend” badges. At this event, a parent/guardian or troop leader is required to stay in the building.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 31.

Cost is $7/Girl Scout and includes a fun patch and snack (children with allergies are asked to bring their own snacks). Leaders can also purchase a fun patch for $2.

Register here: https://squareup.com/store/TheWoods646

Check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Daisies: 9 a.m. – Noon

Will meet requirements for: “Between Earth and Sky” Journey

Bring: Vests, water bottle, and snack, if your child has food allergies.

Questions? Email gsco66777@gmail.com

Brownies:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Will meet requirements for: “Cabin Camper,” “Outdoor Adventurer,” and *new* “Eco Friend.”

Bring: Vest, sack lunch, water, snack, if your child has a food allergy and mess kit!

Questions? Email Troop60114@gmail.com

Please bring one bag of clean, recyclable items for donation to The Children’s Museum, such as boxes, water bottles/caps, egg cartons, fruit pouch caps, etc.

Register here: https://squareup.com/store/TheWoods646

A parent/guardian or troop leader is required to stay in the building. Our service unit will be hosting a leader/parent Q and A, if you’re interested. There will be coffee, cocoa, and breakfast treats available for purchase (cash only).

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