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Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Schedule of events

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The Centennial Kickoff Celebration is packed with great badge activities and special guests to help us celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado, and look forward to the next generation of making the world a better place. Two days will feature unique content for the whole family, with opportunities to earn up to 12 badges!

Check out our FAQ for more details about the event, and don’t forget to come prepared for an all day, outdoor event, with sunscreen, hats, snacks, and water bottles.

Saturday

9 a.m. – Registration opens

10 – 10:15 a.m. Formal Flag Ceremony being done by Honorary Troop 4 with National Anthem sung by Girl Scout Mackenzie Balagot

10:15 – 10:20 a.m Opening remarks by Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie Foote

10:20 – 10:25 a.m. Special guest Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

10:25 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote address by Gabrielle Rochino of Think Like a Girl Engineering Kits

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Badge activities start with a rotation schedule at one-hour increments.  

·         First Aid (with our partners at Ft. Carson)

·         Athlete (Spear throwing with our partner Reebok Spartan)

·         Outdoor Adventures (including Zorb bubble soccer, rock climbing exposure and drywater rafting)

·         GS Way

·         Animals (full-size horse/interactive displays)

·         Sewing

·         Artist (outdoor painting and comic artist)

 11 a.m. – Food trucks on site (who will sell lunches and refreshments. Attendees may bring own lunch, snacks, and are encouraged to bring water)

6 – 6:30 p. m. Actress portraying Juliette Gordon Low

6:30 p.m. – Pizza dinner

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Musical performance by special guest Miguel Dakota

7:30 – 7:45 p.m. Retiring of the colors for the day

Sunday

9 a.m. – Registration opens

10 – 10:15 a.m. Formal Flag Ceremony being done by Honorary Troop 4

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Investment/Rededication Ceremony

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Badge activities start with a rotation schedule at one-hour increments. Badge activities today include:

·         First Aid

·         Outdoor Adventures (including Zorb bubble soccer, rock climbing exposure and drywater rafting)

·         GS Way

·         Animals (Meet miniature horses)

·         Archery

·         ASL Interpretation (Learn the Girl Scout promise in ASL)

·         Community Safety (with our partners from Red Cross)

·         Beekeeping

·         Aviation

·         Conservation

·         Artistry (Older girls learn about digital photography)

11 a.m. – Food trucks on site (who will sell lunches and refreshments. Attendees may bring own lunch, snacks, and are encouraged to bring water)

5:30 – 6 p.m. Formal Closing Ceremony

Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Entrepreneurial keynote speaker connects girls to engineering

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Submitted by Mickki Langston

For 100 years, girls in Colorado have been taking on new challenges, developing their leadership, and taking action in their communities to make the world a better place. Later this month, many of those girls and their families will be celebrating this long tradition at our Centennial Kickoff Celebration, as we look forward to the continued development of girls.

To highlight what girls can accomplish, we’ll be joined by Gabrielle Rochino, a 21-year old mechanical engineering student at Rowan University. Along with other young engineers, Gabrielle has co-founded Think Like a Girl Engineering Kits, a subscription service to provide engineering exploration toolkits to girls ages 6 and up which teach the fundamentals of engineering.

“This isn’t pink Legos,” explains another co-founder of the project, Megan DeGeorge. “We look at the main reasons why girls aren’t entering engineering – including a lack of female role models and misconceptions about what it is to be an engineer – and we address them. We connect girls to the real world of engineering and show them how engineering applications can be used in real life.”

“We also did a lot of research on the way girls learn and how they enjoy learning in certain ways, like storytelling and role playing,” adds co-founder Alexis Basantis.

Gabrielle is the featured keynote speaker at the Centennial Celebration, and will take the stage at 10:15 am on Saturday after our opening ceremony. We’re thrilled to hear more about her entrepreneurial venture to connect more girls to the world of engineering, and we’re confident you’ll love hearing from her. Learn more about Think Like a Girl Engineering Kits on their Facebook page, and check out the video of Gabrielle below:

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Centennial Celebration, taking place in Colorado Springs on July 23 and 24. See our FAQ page for more details about the event and what to expect. Let us know you’re attending on our Facebook event page and remember to invite your girl scout sisters!

Footnote: Parts of this article were excerpted from a December 17, 2015 article on the Rowan University website.

 

Join Miguel Dakota around the campfire at the Centennial Kickoff Celebration

Submitted by Mickki Langston

Signing is a joyous part of the Girl Scout experience. For many girls, learning and signing songs is one of the most memorable experiences at camp. Singing Girl Scout songs brings us together and weaves tradition throughout the many generations of Girl Scouts.

The first Girl Scout song book was published in 1925! Singing can be used to open and close meetings, punctuate ceremonies, and make work more pleasurable.

Here’s a great photo of Senior Girl Scouts singing in 1959.

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President Obama and the First Lady recently joined Girl Scouts in singing around a campfire.

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If you’re looking for great resources for Girl Scout songs, check out the Girl Scout Pocket Songbook for purchase from the GSUSA shop, and the many songs found on the Girl Scouts Songs youtube channel.

Not everyone has to have a songbird voice to have a good time, however. That’s why we’re excited Miguel Dakota, a Colorado singer who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent, is joining us for the Centennial Celebration on July 23, 2016. He’ll be singing around our campfire at 6:30 p.m. Here’s a video of Miguel covering “Do I Wanna Know” in the Garden of the Gods.

The event is less than a month away, so use this link to get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/1snj0uw 

Spread the word to all your Girl Scout sisters using our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1786101614959355/ 

See you around the campfire!

Gift of Caring success!

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Submitted by Becky Leach

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Our combined troop of Brownies and Juniors set their goals like every other troop for their cookie sales. They live in a semi-rural area, with only a couple of stores available to sell cookies from, so they had some obstacles to overcome.

The girls discussed the merits of selling cookies for our servicemen and women instead of actual boxes. They set a goal of 750 boxes via donations to sell through “Gift of Caring”. They met with women in the active military stationed in our area to learn about what it was like for women to be in the U.S. Army and Air Force. They received photos from troops serving overseas who had benefitted from getting Girl Scout Cookies.

The girls made special vests to wear at their cookie booth events that promoted the GOC cause and had many good conversations with customers who wouldn’t have bought cookies for themselves. Every customer was asked to donate their change to help buy just one more box for our military! In the end, they surpassed their goal and were able to donate 1174 boxes to our military troops! They were very excited to learn that they were the top Gift of Caring contributor in the state of Colorado!

A special thank you for our Co-Leader and Cookie Sale Manager, Renee Carroll-Jarboe, for her hard work and dedication to this cause!

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

Top Sellers Celebrate at Seven Falls

95 Girl Scouts and guests gathered on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Seven Falls in Colorado Springs to celebrate “cookiebosses” who sold 750 packages or more of Girl Scout Cookies. Top Sellers and their guests had a chance to hike and explore the Falls while also participating in a scavenger hunt focused on the history and natural features of the park. Girls and their guests were also provided a bagged lunch in one of the park’s many outdoor picnic areas during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. The Seven Falls Top Seller event was attended by four of the state’s top 17 sellers for the 2016 sale.

Learn new skills & earn badges at the Centennial Kickoff Celebration

Submitted by Mickki Langston

Each day of the upcoming Centennial Kickoff Celebration will include a half-dozen unique badge earning activities for new and current Girl Scouts to earn. This includes the Artist, First Aid, Naturalist, Athlete, Outdoor Adventure, and Girl Scout Way badges. In addition, six historical badges from our 100 year history will be incorporated.

Will you practice your archery skills, like these Girl Scouts from the 1940’s and today?

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Or will you explore your creativity like these Girl Scouts?

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Whatever you choose, we’re excited to have you participate in our statewide celebration of all things Girl Scouts. Badge activities are included in the ticket price, and Daisies will earn petals which correspond with the other badges. Badges will be sent to participants who complete the requirements and submit their event passport booklet, available on site.

Be sure to get your tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado, and invite your Girl Scout sisters via our Facebook event.

Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Honoring our past and looking to the future

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Submitted by Mickki Langston

The July 23 and 24 Centennial Celebration kicks off Girl Scouts of Colorado’s year-long celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts in our State. In 1917, the first Girl Scout council West of the Mississippi was formed in Colorado Springs, known as the Wagon Wheel Council. As we enter our 100th year in 2017, we are thrilled to celebrate the many accomplishments of Girl Scouts and look forward to the next century of growing girl’s leadership and making the world a better place.

The Centennial Kickoff Celebration takes place near the site of the 1959 Senior Roundup, a spectacular event which brought 10,000 girls from all over the world to Colorado Springs to share in the Girl Scouts sisterhood.  A total of six Roundups have been held in various locations around the world, and were considered the highlight of a Girl Scout’s career. Here are a few photos of that event, which had a lasting impact on the lives of attendees:

Senior GS at 1959 Roundup

Senior Girl Scouts at the 1959 Roundup in Colorado Springs

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Another photo from the 1959 Roundup in Colorado Springs

Magazine Cover Featuring Roundup Followup

Magazine Cover Featuring Roundup Followup

Special Pin from 1959 Roundup

Special Pin from 1959 Roundup

Current sign which commemorates site of 1959 Roundup

Current sign which commemorates site of 1959 Roundup. The Centennial Kickoff Celebration event will take place steps from this sign.

At this summer’s event, attendees will learn more about the history of Girl Scouts in Colorado and share in our current sisterhood, which includes more than 24,000 girl and 10,000 adult members across the state. Badge activities across two days will focus on outdoor skills and legacy badges, and all attendees will receive Centennial Celebration t-shirts and patches.

Connecting to our past is an important part of understanding who we are. Very few organizations have the rich history and tradition of Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts are a part of more than a century of intentional sisterhood and the development of girl’s leadership. We look forward to seeing what today’s Girl Scouts will accomplish, as we continue to weave the story of Girl Scouting and the impact we have on ourselves, our fellow Girl Scouts and our larger communities.

All past, current and former Girl Scouts are invited to participate in this event with their families, in the biggest Girl Scout festival we’ve hosted in years. Find out more about lodging options and get your tickets now. We’ll post more information about our planned badge activities and other festivities in the coming weeks.

Let us know you’re attending the event by joining our Facebook event and inviting your Girl Scout sisters.

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Recipients honored at Highest Awards celebration in Colorado Springs

More than three hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion in Colorado Springs on May 6, 2016 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

More than a dozen Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. All described their projects and how earning the Gold Award has impacted their lives. The amazing young women who inspired the audience included:

  • Katelyn Abbott from Cañon City, Cañon City High School, renovated the courtyard outside of Progressive Care Center, which offers nursing care, rehabilitation therapies, and Alzheimer’s care.
  • After learning a local school was wasting money on trash disposal and recyclable items were being thrown away, Tristina Altman from Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Christian School, developed a recycling program for the school.
  • Madison Block from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, engaged elementary school students in science and other STEM-related topics through a fair attended by more than 300 people.
  • Inspired by her own passion for music, Tierra Carter from Castle Rock, Colorado Springs Early Colleges, brought music to children in the hospital. She visited with more than 300 patients under the age of 8 and offered to teach them simple songs on a keyboard or play for them.
  • Hannah Clair from Colorado Springs, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence, worked to give students at her school a place to discover new friends. She designed and built a weatherproof bench that also stores many toys and games to play while making a new friend.
  • Sarah Depew from Colorado Springs, The George Washington University: Online High School, wrote an almost 80-page booklet that includes original chemistry experiments for homeschool students, along with a parent manual for educators.
  • Maniyah Hart from Colorado Springs, Coronado High School, partnered with Zach’s Place and the Manitou Arts Center to develop an opportunity for children with autism to experience ceramics.
  • Stephanie Huisingh from Colorado Springs, Discovery Canyon Campus High School, wrote a detailed guide that lays out the specific steps for how to throw a high school party and include students with special needs.
  • Helen Landwehr from Colorado Springs, Air Academy High School, refurbished and redecorated the Severe Special Needs room at Air Academy High School to make it a safe, welcoming, and effective learning environment.
  • Ashley Marttila from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, created a choir at her church to bring children together and give them the confidence to perform in front of a large audience.
  • Kelsey McKenna from Colorado Springs, Air Academy High School, spread publicity for non-profit junior golf organizations by organizing a junior golf scramble where high school golfers came as mentors for younger girls.
  • Lauren Moran from Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain High School, started a music program at a local retirement community, where high school musicians performed monthly and visited with residents.
  • Angel Potter from Cañon City, Cañon City High School, worked with Loaves and Fishes Ministries of Fremont County and other local non-profits to collect books so children from low-resource families could discover the joy of reading.
  • Meagan Prewitt from Colorado Springs, Coronado High School, created a mobile chest of activities for children with special needs who attend Sunrise United Methodist Church.
  • Alyssa Scaduto from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, brought books to low-resource families by teaching schools how to hold a used book fair, which can be supported by a book drive.
  • Alessandra Smith from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, created a program that provides residents of care facilities access to iPads and resources to Skype and use other apps to stay in touch with loved ones.

Girl Scouts in grades 9th-12th who earn the Gold Award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. More than two hundred Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4th-5th can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented their awards.

Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO and President 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.

2015 Gold Award recipient Kelsey Quick served as the celebration’s emcee. She is also the winner of the inaugural Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship. To earn the highest award in Girl Scouts, Kelsey created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied. You can read more about her project here.

“Through my (Gold Award) project, I learned how to better organize my time, create a budget, and how to create a team of experts to help me successfully complete my project,” she said. “I am proud that my project is being used in several places around the state, throughout school districts and police departments. I hope I can truly make a difference in children’s lives by helping them learn how to deal with cyberbullying.”

This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The focus of a Gold Award project is to identify and research a community issue she is passionate about, develop a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establish a global connection with others and provide sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

 

48 Colorado Girl Scouts earn Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts

 

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This spring 48 Colorado Girl Scouts will receive the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. These young women have demonstrated exceptional commitment to taking action to make the world a better place through their community service. The accomplishments of Gold Award recipients reflect extraordinary leadership and citizenship skills that mark them as valuable contributors to their communities and world.

This year’s Colorado Gold Award projects benefited communities across the state. Topics varied from protecting the environment to helping low-resource children develop a love of reading to encouraging more people to participate in unified sports teams and clubs. Inspired by her twin brother who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarah Greichen from Centennial started Score A Friend, Inc., a new non-profit organization, which encourages schools to offer and have students participate in unified sports clubs and teams. Three other Gold Awardees from the Denver metro-area, Emma Hesse, Grace Dorgan and Meredith Greer, are in the same troop. Emma and Meredith’s projects focused on helping The Action Center in Jefferson County. Grace worked with low-resource children to teach them about nature and foster a love for the environment. Brittany Jaros from Boulder developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Amy Nelson from Colorado Springs created a cookbook that teaches the basics of a healthy, nutritious diet while on a small budget. While on a diet, it would be best to continue doing exercise, especially with the Best Kettlebells and gallbladder supplement to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle for yourself.

The following Colorado Girl Scouts are among the 48 statewide who will be receiving the prestigious Gold Award for the 2015-16 Girl Scout awards year:

  • Katelyn Abbott from Cañon City, Cañon City High School, renovated the courtyard outside of Progressive Care Center, which offers nursing care, rehabilitation therapies, and Alzheimer’s care.
  • After learning a local school was wasting money on trash disposal and recyclable items were being thrown away, Tristina Altman from Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Christian School, developed a recycling program for the school.
  • Belle Bashaw from Parker, Douglas County High School, developed a curriculum to teach elementary school students about the importance of bees, which bees they might see, and how they can help the bee population thrive.
  • To expand homeowners’ knowledge of crevice gardens and reduce outdoor water use, Carrie Bishop from Golden, Ralston Valley High School, added an educational aspect to the Apex Community Heroes Crevice Garden in Arvada.
  • Madison Block from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, engaged elementary school students in science and other STEM-related topics through a fair attended by more than 300 people.
  • Hadley Bowles from Denver, Saint Mary’s Academy, worked with Metro Caring, one of Denver’s largest food assistance programs, to teach low-resource children where healthy food comes from and about eating healthy.
  • Allison Caperton from Littleton, Dakota Ridge High School, coordinated a gymnastics camp for children with special needs. Her camp was four weeks long and open to children of all ages with special needs.
  • Inspired by her own passion for music, Tierra Carter from Castle Rock, Colorado Springs Early Colleges, brought music to children in the hospital. She visited with more than 300 patients under the age of 8 and offered to teach them simple songs on a keyboard or play for them.
  • Hannah Clair from Colorado Springs, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence, worked to give students at her school a place to discover new friends. She designed and built a weatherproof bench that also stores many toys and games to play while making a new friend.
  • Kellyn Dassler from Parker, Chapparal High School, increased students’ respect for teachers and educators. She also worked to encourage teachers throughout the year and made working conditions better for staff by taking items off their “to-do” lists.
  • Sarah Depew from Colorado Springs, The George Washington University: Online High School, wrote an almost 80-page booklet that included original chemistry experiments for homeschool students, along with a parent manual for educators.
  • Grace Dorgan from Golden, Colorado Academy, designed a free, hands-on natural science curriculum and taught it to low-resource elementary school students in Denver, through a program called Horizons.
  • Katelyn Eaman from Broomfield, Broomfield High School, designed raised garden beds so students at her school could learn about gardening and the impact it can have on communities worldwide.
  • Delaney Fitzsimmons from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista High School, created a list of books intended for 5th to 8th grade readers with the purpose of providing a resource for students to find engaging books they will enjoy and finish.
  • Cailin Foster from Colorado Springs, Palmer Ridge High School, encouraged more girls to get interested in STEM by creating a robotics team at her school and helping other school districts with their robotics teams.
  • Martina Gilbert from Castle Pines, Rock Canyon High School, created a more welcoming, aesthetically pleasing, wheelchair-accessible outdoor area for Fisher House, a home for veterans and their families.
  • Jenni Golbuff from Fort Collins, Windsor High School, designed and built tables for a local summer camp. Her project started at Sky Ranch, but has expanded to camps around the nation.
  • Ashlin Gray from Colorado Springs, Palmer Ridge High School, created a learning and play area specifically for children at the new Family Day Center, which helps low-resource families.
  • Meredith Greer from Golden, Lakewood High School, worked to provide personal hygiene items to clients of The Action Center in Jefferson County.
  • Inspired by her twin brother who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarah Greichen from Centennial, Front Range Christian School, started a new non-profit organization to encourage more schools to offer and have students participate in unified sports teams and clubs.
  • Maniyah Hart from Colorado Springs, Cornado High School, partnered with Zach’s Place and the Manitou Art Center to develop an opportunity for children with autism to experience ceramics.
  • After noticing the garden at Black Rock Elementary School was incomplete and neglected, Emma Hassman from Erie, Erie High School, revitalized the space and got the community involved in the process and maintenance.
  • Emma Hesse from Golden, Lakewood High School, revitalized the clothing area of The Action Center in Jefferson County, specifically the area for teens. Her work helped raise the self-confidence of teens served by the center.
  • Courtney Howell from Niwot, Silver Creek High School, organized a science, math, and engineering exploration day for middle and elementary school to show them that science can be fun.
  • Stephanie Huisingh from Colorado Springs, Discovery Canyon Campus High School, wrote a detailed guide that lays out the specific steps for how to throw a high school party and include students with special needs.
  • Brittany Jaros from Boulder, Holy Family High School, developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Cassidy Klein from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, collected more than 2,900 children’s books, which she used to create a library for Joshua Station, a transitional housing facility for families.
  • Helen Landwehr from Colorado Springs, Air Academy High School, refurbished and redecorated the Severe Special Needs room at Air Academy High School to make it a safe, welcoming, and effective learning environment.
  • Kimberly Levine from Longmont, Niwot High School, created a food drive tutorial, which was geared toward English and Spanish-speaking communities who are interested in making a difference.
  • Ashley Marttila from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, created a choir at her church to bring children together and give them the confidence to perform in front of a large audience.
  • Lauren McBeth from Aurora, Cherokee Trail High School, built “House of Words,” a little free library, in newly renovated Tierra Park in northern Aurora.
  • Kelsey McKenna from Colorado Springs, Air Academy High School, spread publicity for non-profit junior golf organizations by organizing a junior golf scramble where high school golfers came as mentors for younger girls.
  • Jessica Mills from Colorado Springs, Air Academy High School, introduced basic engineering design skills to middle school students to spark an interest in STEM.
  • Emily Mohlis from Elizabeth, Elizabeth High School, organized the music, school-owned instruments, and accessories scattered throughout the band room and director’s office at her school.
  • Lauren Moran from Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain High School, started a music program at a local retirement community, where high school musicians performed monthly and visited with residents.
  • Amy Nelson from Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain High School, created a cookbook that teaches the basics of a healthy, nutritious diet while on a small budget.
  • Olivia Noakes from Thornton, Thornton High School, developed a multi-media presentation about opportunities in middle and high school music that was geared toward 4th and 5th grade students.
  • Angel Potter from Cañon City, Cañon City High School, worked with local non-profits to collect books so children from low-resource families could discover the joy of reading.
  • Meagan Prewitt from Colorado Springs, Coronado High School, created a mobile chest of activities for children with special needs who attend Sunrise United Methodist Church.
  • Nieca Robinson from Aurora, Eaglecrest High School, worked to make it easier for teenagers, specifically those at her school, to find help and resources specifically for them regarding domestic violence.
  • Sanskriti Saxena from Highlands Ranch, Douglas County High School, founded a youth chapter for a non-profit organization that works for the cause of underprivileged children around the world.
  • Alyssa Scaduto from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, brought books to low-resource families by teaching schools how to hold a used book fair, which can be supported by a book drive.
  • Alessandra Smith from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, created a program that provides residents of care facilities access to iPads and resources to Skype and use other apps to stay in touch with loved ones.
  • Emily Walker from Castle Rock, Castle Rock High School, created a project that provides teddy bears and handmade no-sew blankets to first responders in order to comfort people involved in traumatic situations.
  • Catherine Welch from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, helped senior citizens at a local retirement center stay in touch with loved ones by teaching them how to use iPads and other technology.

This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman between 9th and 12th grades who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Stephanie Foote, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership are making the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado will honor this year’s Gold Award recipients as well as recipients of Girl Scouts other two Highest Awards, the Silver (the Highest Award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn) and Bronze (the Highest Award a Girl Scout Junior can earn), at upcoming ceremonies around the state. These events include:

  • April 17th at 2 p.m. at Fort Collins Marriott., 350 E. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins
  • April 22nd at 6 p.m. at Center for American Values, 101 S. Main St. #100, Pueblo
  • April 24th at 2 p.m. Mountain View Methodist, 355 Ponca Pl., Boulder
  • April 24th at 2 p.m. Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction
  • May 1st at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
  • May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs