Tag Archives: Parker

G.I.R.L. Stories: Mechanical engineering in Parker

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Multi-level Girl Scout Troop 65889 chose to learn more about mechanical engineering this year. Since August, they have been making bots leap and cars race with the air from a balloon. Their most recent meeting was learning about simple machines and how they can be combined into complex machines. They were able to use a heap of raw materials and design operable cranes. They have had a wonderful time learning to design and build!

Our Girl Scouts are wonderful innovators and can use everyday items to make something that piques their interest in a STEM field.

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

Girl Scout Gold Award candidate builds StoryWalk Trail

Over the past year, Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Avery H. has developed, planned, and constructed a StoryWalk Trail for the Town of Parker. It is permanently installed at McCabe Meadows, a nature trail located just off the Cherry Creek Trail. A StoryWalk Trail is a type of nature trail with signs installed along it, displaying the pages of a children’s book. A story can be read as the trail is walked.

“I pursued this project because it perfectly intertwined my love for both the outdoors and reading while also engaging children in my community. I wanted to be able to help other kids discover the love I have for books and nature,” Avery wrote.

Special thanks to Reporter Jeff Todd of CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for sharing  Avery’s story!

 

Brownies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver

Parker

Our girls were excited to earn their first cybersecurity patch. The Palo Alto-created activity was a simple and fun way to begin a discussion with our Brownies about layers of security. Starting with the creation of our “secure castles,”  we then moved into digital/cyber security with our phones, computers, tablets, etc.

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

Cookies for courage

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Brownie Troop 65889 visited Stone Canyon EdVentures with their 2019 cookie proceeds. The Girl Scouts had a difficult goal; but, after hours of freezing-cold booths they exceeded their goal by 108% and hit a 538 per selling girl average.  They enjoyed a high ropes course and ziplining together for three days and two nights! The girls also earned their “EcoCamper” and “Outdoor Artist” badges by learning the Leave No Trace principles and writing songs about camp.

Much to our surprise, we witnessed a mama bear and her cub. They crossed far down on our path; and, we all learned that we need to make noise when hiking, so that we never sneak-up on wildlife. The Girl Scouts were very good at making noise while hiking… very good.

Several of the girls (and some moms) conquered their fear of heights during camp. The Girl Scouts came together as sisters and encouraged each other to always aim for their personal best. For the girls who were most afraid, the high ropes course turned out to be their favorite camp memory.

We were very proud of our risk-takers and go-getters. We are blessed with a wonderful troop and the community that supported them during cookie sales.

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

Canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking, oh my!

Submitted by Jennifer Grosshans

Metro Denver

Parker

We have been very busy this summer. We went on a little end-of-the-year party and went to a local pool and let the girls swim and have some fun as a reward for selling lots of Girl Scout Cookies! They surpassed their goal as a troop by 2,000 packages!

Our next assignment was to clean up one of the local Parker trails. We all gathered up bags of trash along a Girl Scout maintained trail. The girls wanted to still clean up more even after all was said and done.

Our most recent excursion was heading to Barr Lake and hitting the water. We rented canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Each of the girls got to try the different activities to figure out the one that they enjoyed the most. Afterwards, we had a little picnic and enjoyed lunch. But, our fun didn’t in there, we headed out to do archery. All the girls did phenomenally! It was a long day, but it was a great day!

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

Silver Award Girl Scouts: Capes with healing powers

Three Girl Scout Cadettes wanted patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado to feel courageous and strong, so they helped make more than 250 super hero capes for them to wear while undergoing treatment at the hospital. Blen, Lena, and Maddie, along with their leaders, delivered the capes to the hospital in April 2019. Reporter Karen Morfitt of CBS Denver joined the troop for one of the deliveries. Click here to watch the story. 

In September, the troop partnered with JOANN Fabrics to design a sewing class where Girl Scouts and community members alike could learn to sew and create the capes. The girls also created packets with sewing instructions and a pattern to hand out to people in the community who can sew.

Congratulations to these Silver Award Girl Scouts!

 

GSCO Photo Challenge: Daisy fun in the creek

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver

Parker

Our Daisies (Troop 65878) was trying to complete all of the petals before summer travels last year. We had four left at the end of school, so we decided to hold a workshop to complete them. One of our troop leaders hosted at her home, which also included walking to Cherry Creek nearby. The girls enjoyed working on activities in the open space and exploring the creek!

Petals earned:

  1. Respect myself and others
  2. Respect authority
  3. Be a sister to every Girl Scout
  4. Use resources wisely

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

 

Gold Award Girl Scout: Mia Aguon, Parker, “E-Cigarettes”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award Project was to have businesses of downtown Parker agree to hang up “No Smoking” signs that include e-cigarettes. Public health and safety has been something I feel strongly about preserving. With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaporizers, I quickly became concerned about how it will affect communities, specifically the business community of my hometown of Parker. After seeing people openly use e-cigarettes and vape pens in stores, I knew exactly what my project needed to be. I created my own signs that say “No Smoking Including E-Cigarettes,” made an informative brochure on my project and the harm of e-cigarettes, and designed my own website that includes information, my sign, and brochure. Then, I reached out to several businesses personally and with the help of my team, getting them to hang the sign up, and carry the brochures.

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

There is no perfect way to measure the impact this project. I have so many resources out there and so many ways people can access this project in some way, shape, or form that one can’t quite measure it.

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

There are many sustainable aspects to my project. A huge one is the website I designed. A free domain is being used, therefore no payments will have to be constantly made and it will never disappear. It will always be there as a tool for people to learn about e-cigarettes and more about my project. I have included two PDFs on my website. One is the sign I designed to be hung up, and the other is the brochure I created to be provided at the store. This way my sign and brochure are always available for anybody, all they have to do is download the file and print. I have also partnered up with a wonderful small business owner who agreed to hold multiple signs and brochures at his location for anyone to pick up. This way, anyone interested in supporting my project can go to his location and pick one up. Website: https://e-cigarettegsaguon.weebly.com/

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

For my national and global aspect of my project, I have reached out to the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) organization. They are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate for innovative legal and policy measures to end the global tobacco epidemic. They have been making efforts against the tobacco industry since 1967, and since 2000 they have been in partnership with the Framework Convention Alliance, a coalition made up of more than 500 organizations in over 100 countries. This means not only does the ASH have global efforts, but they are partnered with tons of organizations that are all over the world. This makes them the perfect organization for me to reach out to in order to broaden the impact of my project. I have emailed the General Inquiries branch explaining what my project is, why I chose to do it, and how they could hopefully help support my project. They would be the perfect outlet for the global expansion of my project.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout the process of completing my Gold Award, I learned that if I really want something I will do whatever it takes to get it. No matter how many obstacles I face or how busy I get, I put forward the effort to make it happen. After some self reflection, I was truly impressed with myself for what I had accomplished. I never knew that I had it in me to be so driven and dedicated towards completing such a difficult task.

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

I am currently enlisted in the Air Force and by becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout, I have the privilege of graduating basic training one rank ahead of an average enlistee, meaning I’ll instantly be making a little bit more money. Most will graduate as Airman. I will graduate as an Airman First Class. Not only will earning my Gold Award directly help me in the Air Force, it will help my overall work ethic and everyday life skills. Some important skills that will benefit me would be communication with others, being able to work in a team and even manage a team.

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

I feel like it was important because every skill that I had learned throughout Girl Scouts, I applied to this project. It is like a final test, you show everything you have learned throughout the years, and how you can use your skills and ambitions to make a difference in the world.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L.?

My Gold Award taught me how to be an innovator and a risk-taker. My project is focused towards a very newly occurring problem, and when I first had this new innovative idea I was completely ahead of the game. I took a risk by going out and trying to get people to support my project and ideas behind it.

**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

GSCO Photo Challenge: Brownies away from home

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

In 2018, our Girl Scouts attended the Brownie Camporee at Tomahawk Ranch. They were between 7 and 8-years-old, and for nearly all the girls, it was their first time away from home. Not only did they earn their “Girl Scout Way” and “Potter” badges, they also completed the “Wonders of Water” Journey by assisting with planting a garden at Tomahawk. They had a wonderful time!

These Girl Scouts were risk-takers by leaving their parents for two nights. It was hard for some of them, but they ended-up having so much fun. They will be spending their 2019 cookie proceeds on camp again this year!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

GSCO Photo Challenge: Go-Getter cookie entrepreneur 

Submitted by Kortni Houle

Metro Denver

Parker

I love selling cookies every year and earning all the stuffies. I worked so hard this year and I far surpassed my original goal. This year, I sold more cookies than the past three years combined. I am so excited for the rewards this year and I love being able to send cookies to troops overseas.

I am a go-getter! I went to eight booths to keep increasing my goal to 625! We stood out in the cold and delivered cookies all over.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.