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Girl Scouts Give Back: Citizen Science Service Project

From Girl Scouts of the USA

How can you play a part in solving some of the biggest problems facing our planet? Enter citizen science, where volunteers help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Anyone can be a citizen scientist—all you need is curiosity and a willingness to help!

This summer, you can contribute to important scientific research at home by participating in one of GSUSA’s Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. They’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going! By becoming citizen scientists, Girl Scouts can help scientists solve some of the big problems facing our planet.

Here’s how your troop can make a difference: 

  1. Choose either the Great Sunflower Project (for girls of all ages) or the Globe at Night project (for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors) to create an account for your troop on SciStarter.
  2. Read the project’s instructions on your  SciStarter dashboard and gather the needed tools and materials.
  3. Collect data for the project using the recommended tools and materials, and log the data using your SciStarter dashboard.
  4. Inspire others to give back! Share your photos and videos on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on the blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutsGiveBack.
  5. Don’t forget to add your project to be counted as participating in one of GSUSA’s national service projects.
  6. If you wish to recognize your participation with a patch, we recommend the Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

Want to learn more about citizen science?  For a limited time only, you can download all  activity instructions and the  Take Action  Guide  for the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for free  from the  Girl Scout Shop!

FAQs – NSP Citizen Science

Troop Leader Instructions – NSP Citizen Science

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.

Girl Scouting at Home: Mask Making Service Project

Now, with this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the United States, to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.

  1. Ask your girls (and their friends!) to make masks for adults and children. Use the instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If your girl chooses to make masks for other children, use 7.5” x 9” cloth instead.
  2. When you are ready to send your masks, you can include a letter like this.
  3. You can safely distribute masks where you see the greatest need in your community (check out these ideas). Through this partnership with Feeding America, you can easily donate masks to your local food bank staff and families who rely on food bank services.
  4. Inspire others to give back! Share your photos and videos on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on the blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutsGiveBack.
  5. Don’t forget to come back and log the number of masks you made!
  6. If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

Check out some more detailed guidance.

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.

“Thanksgiving Thank Yous” service project

“Thanksgiving Thank Yous” is a service project for Brownie AND Daisy troops. Giving thank you cards is a way to show people that they are remembered and appreciated. Girl Scouts of Colorado sends Brownie- AND Daisy-made cards to community friends and donors to thank them for their generous support. Send cards to 3801 E. Florida Suite 720 Denver, CO 80210 or drop off at your local office. DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 15, 2019.

Valentines: Service project for Daisies and Brownies

set of valentines cards lying on the floor

Giving thank you cards is a way to show people they are remembered and appreciated. Girl Scouts of Colorado sends handmade valentines to community friends and donors to thank them for their generous support.

Directions 

  • Make colorful cards! Decorate with fun materials, glitter, stickers, etc.
  • Mark the back of each card with Girl Scout’s name, grade, and troop number. No last names, please.
  • Each card should be no larger than 5” x 8”. No envelopes necessary.
  • Send cards to 3801 E. Florida Suite 720 Denver, CO 80210 or drop off at your local office.

DEADLINE is February 12, 2019.

Service project: The Solitary Bee Hotel

Girl Scouts have a great service opportunity to help build nests for The Solitary Bee Hotel located at Waterton Canyon in Littleton. Girls can build simple bee nests and then install them on July 21, 2017.

The Solitary Bee Hotel project is a community project which will construct a nesting site for solitary bees at the canyon. The Solitary Bee Hotel will be an active nesting site, and will also educate visitors at Waterton Canyon about solitary bees and their importance in the ecosystem.

Solitary bees make up the majority of bees in Colorado (around 70%), and play an important role in the pollination of plants that are in our food chain. Honey bees are well known as pollinators, but in recent years their populations have been in decline. This makes the role of solitary bees as pollinators more important than ever.

Home Depot is partnering with Denver Water and local bee experts at The Bees Waggle (TheBeesWaggle.com) on this project. Local scout groups are being asked to create the solitary bee nesting houses which will then be placed in the hotel structure at the “Grand Opening” event on July 21, 2017.

For more information, contact Philip Cuka at (303) 489-4521 or send email to SolitaryBeeBandB@yahoo.com

 

Valentines by Brownies

Submitted by Lisa Snider

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our Brownie troop decided to participate in the service project for Brownies where they made valentines for our community. The valentines they made will be given to the community friends and donors who support Girl Scouts. They wanted to show their appreciation. I think they had a lot of fun and enjoyed making something to show their appreciation.

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

Valentines: A service project for Brownies

set of valentines cards lying on the floor
set of valentines cards lying on the floor

Giving thank you cards is a way to show people that they are remembered and appreciated. Girl Scouts of Colorado sends Brownie-made valentines to community friends and donors to thank them for their generous support.

Directions

  • Make colorful cards! Decorate with fun materials, glitter, stickers, etc!  
  • Mark the back of each card with Scout’s name, grade and troop number (no last names, please)
  • Each card should be no larger than 5” x 8”. No envelopes necessary.
  • Send cards to 3801 E. Florida Suite 720 Denver, CO 80210 or drop off at your local office. 
  • DEADLINE IS February 10, 2017.

Thanksgiving Thank Yous: Service project for Brownies

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Giving thank you cards is a way to show people that they are remembered and appreciated.  Girl Scouts of Colorado sends Brownie-made cards to community friends and donors to thank them for their generous support.

Make this a fun, troop project to celebrate the many special people and organizations that help Girl Scouts do great things!  No need to register, just make cards and send them to our office!

Directions:

  • Make colorful cards!  Decorate with fun materials, glitter, stickers, etc!
  • Say “Thank you!”
  • Mark the back of each card with the Girl Scout’s first name, grade and troop number (no last names, please)
  • Each card should be no larger than 5” x 8”.  No envelopes necessary.
  • Send cards to 3801 E. Florida  Suite 720  Denver, CO  80210 or drop off at your local office.
  • DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 13, 2015

For more information, contact Heidi Books at (303) 607- 4833 or Heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

2015 GSCO Brownie Thanksgiving Thank You

It’s A Girl! – Happy 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts!

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In honor of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, I was given the opportunity to celebrate with Troop 2227 by participating in the ‘It’s A Girl’ Service Project. More than 25 troops assisted in this project at different hospitals all over the state of Colorado. To participate, each troop adopted a hospital in their respective area, then made special items for the baby girls born on March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts’ official 100th anniversary. These gifts included care packages, blankets, hats, scrapbooks and more!

Troop 2227 adopted University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo. I was able to meet with the troop leader, Lynette Harper, her daughter Paige, fellow troop member Brianna Bullock and her mother, Toni. The Girl Scout Seniors showed up in their sashes with pink blankets to present to two newborn baby girls.

The Media Relations Coordinator at the University of Colorado Hospital, Dan Weaver, met us at the Inpatient Pavilion. Like us, he was very excited about this project. He even arranged for 9NEWS to come and interview the girls! After he walked us up to the Maternity section of the hospital, we walked into the first hospital room to meet newborn Jenise Williams and her mother.

With the 9NEWS cameras rolling, Brianna and Paige presented baby Jenise with her Honorary 2012 Troop certificate, which allows her to come to Girl Scouts when she is five years old and have a free year of membership as a Girl Scout Daisy. The girls also presented her with her new baby blanket. In the second room, they met baby Zareah Boulden and her family. Second time around, Brianna and Paige were pros at explaining the certificate and baby blanket!

I hate to sound cheesy, but being a part of this particular service project on Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary was truly magical. Being able to watch the girls present their gifts to the newborn baby girls was very humbling, and you could tell it made the families special day even MORE special. Also, I felt such a large sense of pride watching these Girl Scout Seniors show these families first-hand what an amazing organization Girl Scouts is. These newborn baby girls are being brought into the world with so much promise and possibilities, and the Girl Scouts will always encourage them to follow their dreams.

In addition, Troop 1944 visited Rose Medical Center in Denver and presented the newborns with fun gifts as well! These troops were lucky to be able to get a peek of these brand new baby girls too!

If your troop did a similar project, we’d love to see your photos. Submit them to us on our website.