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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Meagan Prewitt, Colorado Springs, “Shining the Light on Special Needs”

Meagan Prewitt

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed the issue of inadequate accommodations  for children with special needs who attend Sunrise United Methodist Church.  My goal was to provide tools and/or a therapeutic area for these children.  While the scope of my project was scaled back from an entire room to a mobile chest, I feel children with special needs will benefit  greatly from the tools I put together for them.

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

I know that I made a difference because the children with special needs at SUMC are already using the tools I have provided to help them in their classes. The parents also feel more comfortable leaving their children now that they know they have ways to help with their disabilities.  My church community is now more aware, as are other churches, of the need for the appropriate area and tools for special needs programs. There are many people now willing to be volunteers to help continue to build on the project in the future and spread the word about it in the community. The children with special needs and their families are very happy that a program like this has started and the hope is that that will help them continue to attend church.

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

I created a Special Needs Project Report booklet that outlines the life-cycle of the project.  It details what equipment is needed, how to make some of the projects, suggestions on how to expand the program and a list of resources (books) that can be used for study. My project will continue to make an impact because there are people at Sunrise who will continue to work on growing this project and letting the community know that they have a safe place for children with special needs.

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

I presented my booklet to three other churches  (First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Wilson United Methodist Church).  It is my hope that this booklet will aid these churches in starting their own programs and become a growing force in the community so that even more people can be educated on the importance of a comfortable and safe environment for the special needs community.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that being in a leadership role is a big responsibility that requires good communication skills, but that I am capable of managing a project this size. I now have a better understanding of how to manage and coordinate a project start-to-finish  and have attained better skills in gathering requirements for a project. I also learned that I have the skills to present a project like this to a person or group of people.

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

I am now more aware of those with special needs and working on this project has inspired me to want to do more for not only children with special needs, but anyone who is under-privileged.  I will strive in the future to make an impact in their lives.

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

Through my project, I have discovered ways to find challenges and overcome them. I have also gained practical life skills of communication through setting up meetings with various members of my church community. I found a way to promote cooperation and team building, as many members of my church came together to assist me on my project. I have many new relationships with these people and feel more connected to my community. I was able to identify a major community issue and can now identify more that I may be able to take action to resolve in the future. I know that I will be able to resolve more issues because I have gained a lot of confidence through this project, learned how to problem solve, discovered how to advocate for myself and those who can’t do it for themselves, and been able to inspire others to act and help me in 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

Pikes Peak Troop Revitalizes and Improves Douglass Valley Elementary Greenhouse

Submitted by Alaine Butterly

Colorado Springs

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Submitted by: Emma Downing, Lauren Sutz, and Madison Hebrink

For our troop’s Silver Award this year, we decided to revitalize the greenhouse at Douglass Valley Elementary school, which had been vandalized. The greenhouse was built a few years ago by the older brother of one of our troop members for his Eagle Scout project. When it was vandalized last summer, with the side dented and beds overturned, we saw an opportunity to help.

Our troop not only fixed the greenhouse, but we also improved the usability of the space in and around it so that it will continue to benefit the science program of Douglass Valley Elementary, as it was originally intended.

Learn more about our project here!

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

Girl Scouts to hold 2015 Women of Distinction event in Colorado Springs

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WHO: Girl Scouts of Colorado honors Pikes Peak Women of Distinction on Sept. 10, 2015 at Thin Mint Dinner.

  • Kathy Boe, CEO, Boecore, Inc.
  • Brigadier General Dana M. Capozzella, ARNG, Retired, Compliance Officer/Partner, Cascade Investment Group
  • Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Chief of Organizational Excellence, United States Olympic Committee
  • Karla Grazier, CEO and President, Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado
  • Phoebe Lostroh, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of Feminist and Gender Studies, Colorado College
  • Mia Ramirez, MPH, Senior Community Health Specialist, Kaiser Permanente

WHAT: The six honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Lynne Telford, President/CEO of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and Woman of Distinction 2014. They women were chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally.

The Sept. 10 event includes a three-course dinner and creative desserts featuring Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scout Christina Bear, who recently earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, is the Keynote Speaker. Alicia McConnell, Director of Training Sites and Community Partnerships at the United States Olympic Committee and Woman of Distinction 2007, is the event chair.

Sponsors include Delta Dental, El Pomar Foundation, Ent Federal Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, Cascade Investment Group, Colorado College, Colorado Springs Health Partners, Discover Goodwill, Garden of the Gods Club and Resort, Health You, United States Olympic Committee, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and The Eastern Colorado Bank. Special thanks to Jym Fair, American Made Film & Media, for the event video.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs

For more information, contact Karen Burghart at 719-304-8322 or karen.burghart@gscolorado.org.

For media, RSVP by Sept. 7 to AnneMarie Harper at 303-607-4844 or annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Troop creates care packages for cancer patients

Submitted by Jodie Eshbach

Colorado Springs

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Aurora, Brooke and Rilea from Pikes Peak Troop 43701 made 60 care packages for patients at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center. Their mentor, MaryJo Lehman, a nurse at the Center, gave them a tour of the facility, where the Girl Scouts talked to nurses and patients about items that would help them through chemotherapy. Brooke, Rilea and Aurora’s care packages contained sunscreen, moisturizer, chap stick, hand sanitizer, nail care, water, hard candy, socks and hats!  They spent a full day at the Cancer Center handing out their gifts and lifting spirits!  The girls felt like they made a difference, but most of all, were amazed by how upbeat and positive the patients were.  It was a wonderful experience!

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

Fond Memories of the POWER of Girl Scouts

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Submitted by Dee Sabol

Colorado Springs

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I’ve been thinking about my wonderful experiences with Girl Scouts growing up and found this piece from a “Then and Now” promotion that ran a few years ago. We are lucky to have such a strong, vibrant and historic organization serving Colorado.

“I joined Brownies in 1973 in north central Minnesota – in a little town of about 1,100 people and I stayed in Girl Scouts until I started Junior High and we moved away.

“Scouting was a family thing for us. My mother had been a Girl Scout. She got us excited about Girl Scouting and led our troop off and on over the years. This was a rural area and there were other opportunities for kids, such as 4-H, but they seemed so mundane to me. I loved adventure! I wanted to become an explorer or a voyager in the great northern wilderness and Girl Scouts fostered that dream.

“For me, the most memorable Girl Scouting experiences involve pine trees and the sound of water lapping gently against canoes in the dark – Girl Scout Camp in the north woods. I can remember every scent and sound: cooking fires, dish soap, bug spray, damp moss, wet sand, the call of loons, rain on canvas, comfortable voices laughing and singing. Did I mention bug spray? Camp was mystical and we campers were charmed. All of the activities and all of the people were magic.

“We traveled a great deal when I was growing up, but Girl Scout Camp was different. It filled me with a sense of independence and made me feel strong and capable. Camp was where I discovered I could rely on myself because there was this wonderful force behind me, supporting and encouraging me. Girl Scouting taught me to set and reach goals, to challenge myself. Girl Scouting also taught me to invest in things I care about and care about things that I invest myself in.

“I still love adventure. I still enjoy challenging myself and am enchanted by discovery. I still feel an aching fondness for those deep, silent twilights in a strange and exhilarating place, surrounded by other little people happily daring and dreaming of great things.

“I sponsored a Girl Scout for the Gold Award a couple of years ago. It was an exciting way to reawaken that sense of invisible connectivity that Girl Scouts promotes. There is always so much more that can be done! I donate as I am able and I coordinate cookie sales for Troops at our local library facilities. Supporting Girl Scouts is a sure way to keep the magic alive in your heart and to give every girl the opportunity to discover it for herself.”

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

Girl Scout Night at Sky Sox- Only one more week to get tickets

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Are you looking for a fun end of the year event or maybe just a fun family event. Look no further… You are invited to Girl Scout Night at Sky Sox Baseball. This is a 3-part event. We will start with a bridging celebration for all bridging girls, we will enjoy the game including fireworks, and for those big camping fans we will pitch our tents and stay overnight on the field.

This event is for all Girl Scouts and their friends and families.

Tickets are limited so get yours now!

Friday June 5th- Saturday June 6th
Game Starts at 7:05 with Bridging at 6:35
Please be in your seats by 7pm
Overnight starts after the game
Breakfast at 7am
Patch included

Game Tickets are $15 and include game ticket, Parking or Fun Zone Pass, and meal voucher.

Overnight Tickets are $18 and include game ticket, parking or Fun Zone Pass, meal voucher, overnight pass, and breakfast.

To purchase tickets and have them mailed contact
Sloan Gonzales at sloan.gonzales@gscolorado.org The last day to purchase tickets and have them sent by mail is May 28th.

You can also purchase and pick up tickets at the
Colorado Springs Office till June 3rd.

Troop 44097 of Colorado Springs earns Bronze Award

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Submitted by Carrie Berry

Colorado Springs

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Most of our troop has been together since they joined Girl Scouts as Daisies in kindergarten at Discovery Canyon Campus. We wanted our project to be a lasting legacy to our school. We came to our principal with several ideas and she approved an outdoor bench, flagstone patio and wildflower garden. They were to be located near the new portable buildings which could use some beautification. We used our cookie profits to purchase wildflower seeds, a red bench and a plaque. The flagstone and concrete pad were donated.

We met after school and used shovels to clear the area of grass and weeds then raked it level. Laying the flagstone was like a puzzle! When the work was complete we drew a landscape picture of the magnificent view of Pikes Peak from the bench and had snacks. Students for years to come will enjoy this area for small group study, independent reading or art inspiration.

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

BRONZE, SILVER AND GOLD CELEBRATED AT COLORADO SPRINGS HIGHEST AWARDS CEREMONY

 

*Click here to see more photos from the Highest Awards celebration in Colorado Springs.

More than two hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered in Colorado Springs on May 15, 2015 to honor Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

14 girls were presented with the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 9-12 can earn. Girls who have earned this award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4-5 can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented with their awards.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote 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.

Foote also presented the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship to Kelsey Quick. Kelsey, from Salida, Colo., is the first-ever recipient of this scholarship, which was started in 2015. The Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund provides annual $500 cash prizes to any and all Gold Award recipients from Chaffee County, Colo. To earn her Gold Award, Kelsey created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied. She is also the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000. You can read more about her project here.

Other Gold Award honorees also described their projects and how working toward Gold impacted their lives.

Alexandria Bellas from Colorado Springs, Pine Creek High School, organized a science event for girls in grades 6-8 that brought together exhibitors from across Colorado.

Kit Bernal from Falcon, Falcon High School, created supplementary art education and a curriculum for a local homeschool association.

Kayla Bernstein from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, planted a garden for all the residents of the Medallion Retirement Community.

Jonnae Byas from Colorado Springs, William J. Palmer High School, refurbished the garden at the Medallion Retirement Community.

Rebecca Clark from Colorado Springs, Rampart Range High School, organized a clinic to teach the basics of color guard to middle school students.

Mackenzie Crawley from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, leveraged her love of learning and reading, and her experience volunteering at her local library to bring a sustainable tutoring service and a mini lending library to her church.

Madison Daniel from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, captured and preserved the stories of what’s become known as the “Greatest Generation.”

Madison Haneke from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, made more than 100 blankets for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at three local hospitals.

Jessica Hild from Colorado Springs rebuilt benches at Camp Alexander. She also organized volunteers to help build five new benches.

Mikayla Jewell from Colorado Springs, Vista Ridge High School, helped make a softball field safer not only for her team, but other athletes as well. She also taught younger athletes how to stay safe on the field.

Madison Keith from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, created a sustainable food pantry for pets.

Lyndsay Ruane from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, wanted members of her community to be better prepared when disasters strike, so she organized an emergency preparedness fair.

Lesleigh Stabo from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, created a program to help students transferring to a new high school feel more comfortable and get information they need.

We are immensely proud of these inspiring young leaders in our community.

 

Welcome all to Sky High Ranch’s Rededication Ceremony!

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Join us in the Sky High Ranch rededication celebration on May 24th at 2pm following the Sky High Ranch Open House! We will be celebrating a wonderful camp that has touched so many lives. Everyone is welcome: alumnae, staff, camper families old and new!

There will be a ribbon cutting, cake and all kinds of Sky High history and memorabilia. Be sure to bring a camping chair to ensure you’ve got a seat!

Come help us celebrate Sky High’s return to resident camp whether it’s been a part of your life for a long time, or you’re brand new and want to see what adventures camp has in store for you!