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Silver Award Project: Adopt a Grandparent

Submitted by Emily Sage

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Camryn and Peyton from Troop 71020 wanted to show nursing home residents some love during the COVID-19 pandemic. For their Silver Award project, they decided to adopt a nursing home in Loveland and partnered with The Courtyard of Loveland Assisted Living to develop an Adopt-A-Grandparent program. Camryn and Peyton started the program by making Thanksgiving treats for each of the residents and forming a group to sing socially-distanced, outdoor Christmas carols. To make their project sustainable, they asked Girl Scouts across Colorado to adopt a resident and send a Christmas gift and letter each month for the following year (2021). Peyton and Camryn plan to continue bringing small gifts to the residents for various holidays, such as the valentines they dropped off in February.

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.

Celebrate Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards on Social Media

Celebrate your Highest Awards Girl Scout or your achievement of earning one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards on social media! Use any of the graphics at the bottom of this post to let friends and family know that you earned or are the parent/caregiver of a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award Girl Scout. Be sure to tag us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo, #GirlScoutsGiveBack, #gsGoldAward, #gsSilverAward, or #gsBronzeAward.

Don’t forget to join Girl Scouts of Colorado on May 16, 2021 to celebrate our 2020-2021 class of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Girl Scouts in Colorado!

Virtual Highest Awards Celebrations

  • 1 p.m. Bronze Award Celebration
  • 2 p.m. Silver Award Celebration
  • 3 p.m. Gold Award Celebration

These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year. All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold since March 2019 are invited to participate in a celebration of their choice.

You do not need to register for this event! The celebrations will premiere live on our Facebook and YouTube channels at the event start time.

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 Scouts Fight to End “Period Poverty”

Silver Award Girl Scouts Lauren C. and Annaliese A. of Troop 64626 in Aurora are fighting “period poverty” in their community by securing a donation of more than 75,000 sanitary pads. Always delivered the pads to Liberty Middle School in Aurora on Friday, March 5, 2021. The Girl Scouts also provided pad-only dispensers for every girls’ restroom in the school. The girls earned $1,200 to purchase six dispensers, one for each restroom. After purchasing the dispensers, the girls realized they wanted to make an even bigger impact and contacted Always. The company agreed to donate more than 75,000 pads for the dispensers! “We noticed that many students didn’t have access to period products and were too embarrassed to ask the nurse for a pad (which nobody should be embarrassed about, but there has been a generational stigma surrounding menstruation),” wrote Lauren.

Through this project which Lauren and Annaliese completed last year, they earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school. The girls are now students at Grandview High School. To continue to spread the word about the fight to end period poverty, the girls have also partnered with Period Kits. The nonprofit organization in Denver provides period supplies to those experiencing homelessness.

Thank you to CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for sharing this story. 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 can send in her story here.

Littleton Cadettes Aid in Animal Adoption for Silver Award Project

Submitted by Lisa Schwartz

Metro Denver

Littleton

Girl Scout Cadettes Hayden C., Leah E., and Alexa S. from Troop 63227 in Littleton completed their Silver Award requirements with a project aimed at helping families who choose to adopt pets from the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. There are so many animals being temporarily housed at shelters right now, and sadly many of them will not survive due to lack of space at shelters and not being adopted by a family.

Although their original idea was to spend time with some of the shelter animals and to write up information for the public to encourage the adoption of those animals, they were unable to pursue that idea due to COVID practices. However, these girls did not give up. Rather, they persevered to find their new idea, and they ran with it.

The girls are trying to encourage more families to adopt a forever friend, as well as to assist the families during the first stages of adoption, by putting together care bags to be given to families when they adopt an animal from the shelter. The bags include food, treats, toys, and other supplies, as well as important information that is invaluable to first time adoptive families. The girls have included a letter to encourage the adoptive families to “pay it forward” by donating supplies, food, or a monetary contribution to help out future adoptive families. Especially in this time of the pandemic, pets are highly important in providing love and companionship to people who may feel a bit lonely or isolated.

Here is what the girls have to say about their project:

Hayden: Our Silver Award project focuses on animals and their families. Creating care packages, we start to fill the void during COVID-19. For instance, individuals are separated during physical distancing hence, producing isolation. Therefore, animals are another route to filling the gap. Our care packages allow families to obtain a straight forward headstart to their pet’s life.

Leah: In the beginning, my group and I wanted to help get animals adopted at animal shelters. We were planning on writing about the animals so that it could help them get adopted. We started calling places, asking if we could help get their animals adopted. Sadly, we weren’t able to help get animals adopted, so we had to think of other ideas. So off we went, thinking of what we could do for the community. We eventually ended up with the idea of making care packages for new pet owners. We divided up the tasks everyone would do, calling places to see if they would like to have our care packages, writing the letter for new pet owners, and putting together our care packages. We were able to use virtual meetings to work things out.

Alexa: Our project idea is important to me because families might not know how to care for an animal, and we are able to help them. I helped pick this topic because it is important to help understand and help animals in need. A lot of animals at shelters don’t get adopted, which is a big problem needing to be solved.

Hayden, Leah, and Alexa have now completed the requirements for their Silver Award and have learned so much along the way. They have been go-getters, innovators, and leaders by changing course when their original project idea could not be implemented and by reaching out to members of the community for partnership and help. The girls would like to thank the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley for partnering with them in their endeavor. Also, a big shout out to Ms. Lisa for meeting with the girls and taking in the supplies—they were so glad to meet her! Finally, the girls would like to encourage everyone to consider either adopting a shelter animal or volunteering to help out at a local shelter—you just may make a difference in the life of an animal or a family!

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: 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 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: 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: Little Library in Thornton

Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver

Thornton

Kaitlin and Skylar from Troop 62816 completed their Silver Award project by working with Good Shepherd Methodist Church in Thornton to place a little library near their garden section. The girls’ work included landscaping, cement work, assembly of the structure, painting, and collecting books!

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Little Library and Bench Added to Berthoud

Submitted by Lori Major

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

After a long process, Lorelai and Alexis of Troop 74087 were finally able to finish their Silver Award project! They added another Little Library, including a bench, to the Berthoud community. When asked why this project, their answer was, “We care about the kids in the community and want them to have books available to read that were easy to access when the library wasn’t open.”

The process started with a class offered by GE Johnson in Colorado Springs. The girls built a bench and cabinet with the help of the company employees. GE Johnson drew three troop numbers to determine who got the benches. Their troop was selected to take the bench home and install it in the community. The challenge of finding the perfect location took the longest. These girls learned about the construction of the library and bench, as well as how to work as a team. They also learned great communication skills through the process. This project was long and hard but worth the success in the end.

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.

Take Action Project: Breaking Girl Scout Assumptions

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We created a hashtag (#) to try to break assumptions about Girl Scouts. Whenever you share a post associated with the #, use #therealgirlscouts and tag the Instagram account @therealgirlscouts along with the assumption you want to break.

Some things we came up with to teach others about Girl Scouts are:

  1. Girl Scouts is for all ages
  2. Troops choose the nonprofits to donate cookies to, they do not raise money for others
  3. Girl Scouts support the community
  4. Girl Scouts supports girls in all interests, not just arts and crafts
  5. Girl Scout troops go on hikes and camping trips
  6. All troops chose to focus on different things
  7. Girl Scouts builds leaders with courage, confidence,  and character

The rules to the # are:

  1. Make sure you have permission to post the picture.
  2. Don’t share names.
  3. Make sure pictures don’t have the exact location it was taken.
  4. Follow Girl Scouts of the USA’s online safety rules.

At the end of every month, we will go through the top posts. We will choose our top assumptions we find and allow everyone to vote. The winning post/assumption will be featured on our page all month.

Here’s the basics on how to enter:

  1. Use #therealgirlscouts
  2. Share it to our page @therealgirlscouts on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.
  3. Include your assumptions you want to break

Now start sharing #therealgirlscouts!

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.