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Girl Scout Gold Award project: Igniting Adventure Event

Submitted by Corinne R., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

As a capstone piece of my Gold Award project, I created Igniting Adventure event to teach girls outdoor skills that can be used in the wilderness. The skills the girls will be learning are: outdoor hygiene, water purification, orienteering, tent set up, shelter building, camouflage, outdoor cooking, fire building, packing, and Leave No Trace. This camp is for Juniors and Cadettes. It is a three evening camp on July 14, 21, and 28, 2021 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. at Barr Lake State Park. Register using this link: https://igniting-adventure-outdoor-skills-twilight-event.cheddarup.com/

I created this camp to get more girls interested in camping and outdoor activities. I have always gone out to do these activities and this is my way of sharing the joy I have with others.

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.

Registration Is Now Open for OAC Events in June 2021

The Outdoor Adventure Club event is kicking off the 2021 summer season with a mountain hiking adventure in June! Choose between Echo Lake and Chicago Lake at the base of Mt. Evans or Seven Bridges in North Cheyenne Cañon near Colorado Springs. Along the way, we’ll work on parts of the Trail Adventure badge and Outdoor Skills patch, play fun trail games, and take some time to cool off by the water! The cost is $40/per Girl Scout. You can also use Cookie Credits for this event or apply for an opportunity grant.

Dates:

  • Echo Lake Option One: June 12
  • Echo Lake Option Two: June 13
  • Seven Bridges Option One: June 12
  •  Seven Bridges Option Two: June 13

This event is open to all Girl Scouts in 6th – 12th grade to register individually. Find registration instruction here: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.wixanswers.com/en/article/outdoor-adventure-club-registration-faqs

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a Girl Scouts of Colorado staff-led program for older Girl Scouts, offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing. Visit the Outdoor Adventure Club website for more information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/outdoors/outdoor-adventure-club.html

Questions? 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.

Outdoor Skills Patch Webinar

Thank you to all who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for the Outdoor Skills Patch webinar! The recording is now available on the GSCO YouTube channel.

Thank you to the Reach for the Peak team for joining us to talk about their program as a great way to apply the skills learned through this patch program! Reach for the Peak is a competition-based program for Cadettes – Ambassadors and is hosted at Sky High Ranch every summer. Train as a troop to compete against other troops across the state in skills like knot tying, fire building, first aid, and more! For more information about Reach for the Peak, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Reach-for-the-Peak-246932074239/

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: Samantha Kucera, Steamboat Springs, “Discovering The Wilderness By Kids For Kids”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a wilderness skills program for kids. Through this program, I have run numerous educational events for more than 230 kids, created an online skills guide, and have a booklet available as a Wilderness Junior Ranger Program at Steamboat Lake State Park and as a patch program with Girl Scouts of Colorado. I created this program because I attended a charter school that taught wilderness skills and my family enjoys camping, backpacking, and hiking.  After learning that I knew unique skills that most of my friends had never learned, I wanted to share them with the kids in my community. My passion for sharing outdoor skills and getting kids into nature gave me a clear focus for my Gold Award.

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

I was able to see the difference in participants every time I taught them new wilderness skills. I am looking forward to seeing my patch on the back of girls’ uniforms.  I also see incredible changes in my Girl Scout friends who have helped me by teaching skills. Their newfound confidence is inspiring to me.

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

This project will be sustained without my involvement through my website, through availability at Steamboat Lake State Park, and through a patch program with Girl Scouts of Colorado. My website will be online until I choose to take it down, which I hope to keep updated instead. The website has all the information I would want to teach any kid, no matter the age. Currently, I have a booklet that guides kids through multiple activities, all teaching them aspects of wilderness skills. This program is active at Steamboat Lake State Park and will be used there for at least a year, but most likely for the foreseeable future. I have another version of this booklet as part of a Girl Scouts of Colorado patch program.  The initial order was for 500 patches, so they intend to advertise my program and keep it active for years to come.

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

My project includes a website, booklet, and a Girl Scout patch. When you look online, there are very few websites teaching wilderness skills for kids. Many are written for older audiences that the younger generations are unable to understand. By creating a website, I am giving kids the tools to learn outdoor skills from anywhere. Girl Scouts of Colorado intends to make my patch available to other councils nationwide. I already have interest in the patch in Illinois, Washington, Arizona, and Wyoming.

What did you learn about yourself?

For my entire life, I have heard about people who do amazing things such as making a business, writing a book, or creating an event. Without the Gold Award, I would have never attempted this large of a project. I conceptualized, planned, and implemented a program at the elementary school for 100 fourth graders, with middle and high schoolers as my team leaders. I wrote a booklet with the outdoor skills I believe are the most important for kids to know. I created my own website for a topic I deeply care about. This multifaceted program was my vision and goal. I shared the skills learned from my family, school, and years of Girl Scouts. Through this project, I learned that I am stronger than I imagined and that making a positive impact on the world is not as hard as I thought.

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

This project has made me an activist and a leader. My leadership skills will continue to grow because I learned how to turn my vision into reality. In the future, I will be able to let the leader in me show through in everything I do. I cannot wait until I get to see Girl Scouts with my patch on the back of their uniforms, seeing how my Gold Award has affected not only my life, but those around me.

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

The Gold Award is something very few girls earn. I am proud I can join their ranks. This is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn and is an award most girls never earn. For my final year before I become a Girl Scout troop leader, I made it my goal to earn this prestigious award.

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

My Gold Award taught me how to strive for what I never thought I could accomplish. I learned how to go for my dreams and make them a reality. Even when problems arose, I used my innovation to develop my ideas and solve any problems I faced. I have put my program and myself out for the world to see. I took the risk of letting the world see what I am passionate about. Every adult I worked with believed that I am a strong and confident young woman. Leading is what I have been developing my entire life. My Gold Award is my outlet to lead and share my knowledge with kids everywhere. Girl Scouts provided a place for me to learn about myself and become a better 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

Outdoor skills training

Looking for outdoor skills training to prepare you for a summer of fun?

We have two great trainings lined up to get you certified in archery and boating!

Archery and the Small Craft Safety certification courses are required, if you’d like to take girls to shoot archery or take them boating in any capacity (both Brownie-Ambassador).

Both certifications last for three years and will teach you all the basics of how to set up a class, instruct a fun and safe class, give you activity/game ideas, and make it impactful for girls!

The archery class is also open to girls 15-years-old and older, as well as adults! Small Craft Safety is only open for adults 18+.

Having this archery certification allows you to reserve our traveling archery gear set (bows, arrows, targets, protective gear) and take it to shoot anywhere you’d like!

There are zero requirements for taking the archery class. For Small Craft Safety, you need to know how to swim and tread water.

Archery Level 1 Certification

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Twisted Pine – Genesee

Price: $45

Registration Link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/archery_level_1_cert_1758567911.html

Small Craft Safety Certification

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Bear Creek Lake Park – Lakewood

Price: $50

Registration Link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/small_craft_safety_t.html

*Participants are responsible for paying for their own park entrance fee.

For further questions and information click the registration links.

Register for the “Advanced Outdoor Skills” day camp

Submitted by Theresa Szczurek

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Are you looking for outdoor adventure? You are in luck! Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 7 is running an advanced outdoor skills day camp on April 29, 2017 at Mountain View United Methodist Church (355 Ponca Place, Boulder 80303) from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fourth Graders and up with prior camping experience will sharpen outdoor skills in first aid, knots, backpacking cooking, safety and set-up, orienteering, and more.

Register NOW:  https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Questions to: girlscouttroop70007@gmail.com

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Join in Outdoor Skills Day Camp

Get ready for camping fun!  The Girl Scout Outdoor Skills day camps on April 9 (Longmont), April 23 (Thornton), and April 30 (Boulder) prepare girls for camping and outdoors.

Sample of Outdoor Skills to Learn and Improve – Knife Craft and Safety  – Compass Use – Outdoor Cooking – Fire Building – Campsite Set-up / Tent Pitching – Emergency First Aid and Preparation. Each girl will earn an outdoor skills patch.

Who: 1st Graders and up

When: 9:45am—3:45pm after Scouts Own (exact times will be sent)

On Sale Price/Girl: $16 includes hot Sat. lunch and Outdoor Skills patch

Adults free up to required ratios—(1 adult: 4 Brownies or

1 adult: 6 Juniors or 1 adult: 10 Cadettes)

Additional adults: $5/day (this is NOT a drop off event, adults actively participate all day)

Event Maximum:  Up to 100 girls (register early).  Bring a friend.

Register early. A sell-out is expected.

Website link to register both scouts and adults: https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Contact Senior / Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 7 at

Girlscouttroop70007@gmail.com

Outdoor Skills Camps coming soon – Register Now!

Outdoor Skills Day Camps

Back by popular demand!

An annual favorite event for Girl Scouts is coming back – Outdoor Skills Day camps are being hosted in Longmont, Thornton and Boulder.

Who: 1st Graders and up
When: 9:45am—3:45pm  after Scouts Own (exact times will be sent)
On Sale Price/Girl: $16 includes hot Sat. lunch and Outdoor Skills patch
Adults: free up to required ratios—(1 adult: 4 Brownies or 1 adult: 6 Juniors or 1 adult: 10 Cadettes)
Additional adults: $5/day
Event Maximum: Up to 100 girls (register early). Bring a friend.

Sample of Outdoor Skills to Learn and Improve

  • Knife Craft and Safety
  • Knot Tying
  • Compass Use
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Fire Building and Campsite Set-up / Tent Pitching
  • Emergency First Aid and Preparation

Each girl will earn ‘Outdoor Skills’ patch.

Brownies/Juniors/Cadettes may do activities that are part of other awards.
Each girl should bring a washed/peeled veggie for the lunch Stone Soup. Come with your troop or on your own.
Please register NOW: https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Questions to:  girlscouttroop70007@gmail.com

Girl Scout Senior/Ambassador Troop 70007 is running this event to help Girl Scouts learn Outdoor Skills and as a fundraiser for their big summer trip to California.

Date Registration and Payment Deadline Location
Sat Feb 28 Feb 24 United Methodist Church, 350 11th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501
Sat Mar 7 Mar 3 Good Shepherd UMC, 3690 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado 80241
Sat Mar 14 Mar 10 Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place, Boulder, Co 80303

 

Download Outdoor Skills Day Camps Flyer 2015 final.pdf