Tag Archives: Silver Award Girl Scout

Silver Award Project: Joyful Journeys Garden

Submitted by Susanne Wallach

Metro Denver

Northglenn/ Thornton/ Westminster

In January 2020, Julia, Katie, Meera, and Victoria from Troop 63787 started their Silver Award project with goals to build a community garden and incorporate recycled objects. Their vision was to provide access to free, fresh produce for everyone, and to have the garden be a welcoming, safe space for all to enjoy. The process of starting a community garden from scratch would have been a daunting project on its own so they were glad they were able to partner with Joyful Journeys to refurbish their existing community garden at the Northglenn Christian Church.

However, the pandemic struck just as they were about to transition from the planning to the implementation phase. The girls were able to overcome this unexpected challenge and were still able to persevere to create a beautiful, thriving garden. They learned to collaborate with one another via Zoom and develop a plan that they could each be a part of and execute while socially distanced. They also faced an additional challenge of a shorter growing season this year (a late start due to the stay-at-home order and an early deep freeze in September). Despite this pitfall, they still managed to donate 400 pounds of produce which benefited the Northglenn Christian Church food bank, Joyful Journeys, and local families.

With donations received from Lowe’s and Pioneer in Northglenn, the girls made some functional and aesthetic improvements to the garden. In addition, the girls worked independently to make additions to the garden using recycled objects. These include signs and a vertical planter built from recycled pallet wood and beautiful garden theme art made from plastic recyclables. The girls also documented all the things they learned about gardening throughout this project and prepared on-site instructions for volunteers and a comprehensive handbook provided to Joyful Journeys for future reference.

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Archery Range in Thornton

Submitted by Brandy Schauppner

Metro Denver

Thornton

Samantha, Abby, Eden, and Aleaha from Troop 62511 partnered with the City of Thornton to complete construction on an archery range that is ADA accessible and available for everyone to use. They designed and completed construction on 12 target stands and six bow hangers to support the range.

When the girls decided that this was a project they cared about, they reached out to their local city council members, who connected them to the city parks and recreation department. They secured all of the materials needed through a local lumber company (Alpine Lumber) and got to work.

The girls planned their design with the intention of promoting the sport of archery for its mental focus and physical benefits. They also wanted to complete a project that was accessible to everyone. The girl’s designs allowed for easy reach of the equipment and the city worked with the girls to provide grounds to achieve this.

The archery range is free to use and is located at 5990 E 100th Ave, Thornton, CO 80229 at the Spratt Lake Finishing Facility.

The girls are working to plan and lead a day camp next summer. This will be a great facility to allow them to offer experiences with the sport!

A special thank you to Reporter Tori Mason of CBS4/KCNC-TV for her story about the girls’ project. Watch it here!

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Stress Relief Kits for Kids

Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver

Thornton

Alanna from Troop 62816 completed her Silver Award project, Stress Relief Kits for Kids. She put together kits to help relieve stress during COVID. She made videos on how each activity worked and teamed up with the Adams 12 school district  to distribute her kits during free lunch distribution hours during the summer! She also worked with a few local troops, teaching younger Girl Scouts how to do the activities that help relieve stress.

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Little Angels

 

Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver

Thornton

Jaedyn and Emma from Troop 62816 completed their Silver Award project, Little Angels! The girls created an annual clean-up day in their community for a local cemetery in Brighton. They learned how to properly restore a grave from the cemetery manager to help maintain the headstone placement. They got a boulder donated and engraving donated to mark with “Little Angels” for the baby section of the cemetery. The girls paid for with their troop money a new sign in English and Spanish for the cemetery. The cemetery also allowed the girls to help complete and organize their veteran list, so they can properly place flags and wreaths for years to come. The girls inspired the cemetery to plant a new tree and install a bench for loved ones to come and visit their little angel that has passed.

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Binx Blankets

Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver

Thornton

Rayannin from Troop 62816 completed her Silver Award project, binx blankets! She received fabric donations and learned how to sew. She created kitten blankets for adopted kittens. The blankets went to Blue Sky Animal Hospital, which gives medical care for kittens through the Colorado Kitty Coalition!

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Kindness Rocks for Educators

Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver

Thornton

Alison from Troop 62816 completed her Silver Award project by collecting, painting, and sealing rocks for educators. A painted rock with inspiration was given to each staff member at her school and included a rock to pass on kindness to someone who needed a positive message!

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Activity Boards for Alzheimer’s Patients

Submitted by Heather Browning

Metro Denver

Denver

Current conditions have provided both opportunities and roadblocks for our girls to reach out and help their communities. Despite difficult times, Alexis was able to collect enough donations to create 11 activity boards for Alzheimer’s patients at Juniper Village located in Aurora, Colorado. The boards were made for people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory disorders for the purpose of helping keep their minds active. The boards included items such as light switches, fabrics, beads, loops for stringing, and more.

By completing this project, Alexis earned the Silver Award, the highest honor for a Girl Scout Cadette.

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.

Silver Award Project: Connect with Snow Leopards

Submitted by Nadya D.

Superior

Northern & Northeastern CO

Hello! I am Nadya, Colorado Girl Scout from Troop 68214, Aspen Gold Service Unit. I am an eighth grader at Eldorado P-K8, and I have completed my Silver Award Project, “Connect with Snow Leopards,” to help spread awareness on a global issue – the conservation of wild Snow Leopards.

Through this project, I have discovered my passion for creating content that young girls will enjoy, while also gaining important real-world knowledge. In the process of completing “Connect with Snow Leopards,” I got to make connections with amazing people both within Girl Scouts and the Snow Leopard Trust organization, and it was truly humbling. My project offers a solution to a problem that matters on multiple levels. Not only does it give Girl Scouts stuck at home a fun patch to do, it also educates them on an important and not well-known issue, while at the same time shining a light on organizations like the Snow Leopard Trust and Conservancy.

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.

Silver Award Project: Teen Alcohol Awareness and Prevention

Submitted by Tilley R-K

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Before the lockdowns and school closures, I went to several classrooms and talked to eighth graders about alcohol awareness and prevention. My sister and father have been alcoholics for many years and not only does that affect them, but our family as well. I want to help others be aware of signs, so they can get help and reach out when they need it. I created a presentation about what alcoholism is and how to get help, as well as shared my stories.

As a Girl Scout, we learn to help the community and make the world a better place. Many people don’t know the risks of alcohol, but many hear how fun it is to drink. While doing the project, I learned a lot about myself and others. Many people around me have been affected by alcohol. Before I knew much about it, I never knew where to get help for myself, as well as my sister. Now, as I’m still learning more about alcoholism, I’m able to get help from school counselors, and some places around town. They’re all great places if you need it, and don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.

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.

Silver Award Girl Scout: The History of Women’s Suffrage

Submitted by Gracelyn

Mountain Communities

Cowdrey

My Silver Award project started when I began the Nineteenth Amendment Girl Scout Ranger Patch. In it was a section encouraging me to teach other girls about the women’s suffrage movement. Because I love history, I was inspired to create a website to teach younger girls about women’s history.

My goal with my Silver Award project was to educate younger girls about their history as women, so as to build a future generation of G.I.R.L.s. In the time of COVID-19, however, it was going to be hard to reach girls. This was where the website came from. With the upcoming election, it’s more important than ever for girls to be informed, and I really hope that those girls who learn about their history and their rights will be inspired to take action in the world around them. The girls of today will be the G.I.R.L.s of tomorrow.

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.