Tag Archives: Silver Award Girl Scouts

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: 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!

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.

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

Pikes Peak

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.

Silver Award Project Enhances Turner Middle School

Submitted by Lori Major

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

Natalie, Gracie, and Cate are from Troop 74087 in Berthoud and they felt that their school needed to feel more welcoming. So, they created inspirational quotes to put around their school. With the help of Berthoud citizens, the girls were able to make the quotes more professional looking. Throughout the process of creating the quotes, they ran into some difficulties, but were able to overcome them. Along the way, they learned how to use the Girl Scout Law and come together as a team. For this project to be sustainable, they are passing on the murals and knowledge to the troops coming into the middle school, so they are able to take care of the projects they already did. The girls had to persevere through the four to five-hour long days to be able to complete their project.

The Silver Award that we chose needed a lot of patience and focus to complete in the year we did it. We gained teamwork and learned how to cooperate with your teammates. Cate learned how to make phone calls. Natalie learned how to speak and communicate with figures of authority,  send emails, and budget our money. Gracie wrote our script for the phone calls. The project will stay up as long as other troops take care of it. We made a connection between teachers and learned the complications of putting up a mural.

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 Projects

Submitted by Maggie Donohue

Metro Denver

Aurora

In Troop 64473, we had three different Silver Award projects. One was called Back the Blue K-9 Unit where the girls supported the Arapahoe Sheriff Department’s K-9 Unit. The second Silver Award project was called Building a Book House for the Homeless. This group collected books to fill the book house. They spent many weekends building the bookcase. Once they finished, they took the books and the bookcase to the Comitis Crisis Center. The third Silver Award project was called Sensory Carts. The girls in this group made two sensory carts for the students at Pine Lane Elementary School. On the carts were an assortment of sensory things the children could touch and play with. On the inside of the carts their were two different weighted blankets, fidget toys, weighted stiff animals, and games.

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.

Nicole and Xena’s Coronavirus Silver Award Project

Submitted by Cari Sledge

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

We are Nicole and Xena, Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 43893. We are in seventh grade at Timberview Middle School. We have completed our Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. A Girl Scout Cadette receives her Silver Award after completing a Take Action project to improve an issue in her community that she really cares about. We decided that we wanted our Take Action project to help people in our community who were selflessly helping our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We chose to make reusable cloth masks for the Sodexo kitchen staff who work from Timberview Middle School’s kitchens to provide lunches to the students in Academy District 20 who would normally use the free lunch program.

During our Take Action project, we made 70 reusable cloth masks for our kitchen staff who are part of Sodexo. After the schools were closed as a response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the kitchen staff continued to prepare meals, four days a week, to provide lunch for the school children who received free lunches during the school year. We met Mrs. Yesmin, Mrs. Eli, and Mrs. Kathy from Sodexo. Mrs. Kathy helped us deliver the masks to Sodexo as they didn’t want any outside people in the kitchens to help prevent the possible spread of germs. We chose to provide masks so the Sodexo workers could be in a safer environment while continuing to give lunches to the students who don’t have access to lunches at their homes.

We made the masks with two pieces of fabric, ribbon, and a nose piece. First, we sewed the nose piece on one piece of fabric, and then we sewed the fabrics together and ironed the seams open and flat. Next, we turned the fabric right side out and sewed the passageway for the ribbon. Last, we put the ribbon into the masks, and they were ready to be given to Sodexo. We delivered 70 masks to Mrs. Kathy on May 3, 2020, and they were distributed between the 35 staff members on May 4, 2020.

We connected with our local and global communities by making masks for the Sodexo staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The impact our Take Action project had on our community was a safer work environment for Sodexo staff. Also, because the masks we made are washable, they will be better for the environment than having to throw away mask after mask and having to buy more. The impact of our project will go on past our involvement because by keeping the kitchen staff safe it creates a safer environment for those who receive lunch from Sodexo and for all who come in contact with Sodexo staff on a daily basis including their families.

What I discovered about myself was that I’m even worse at socializing now that I have only socialized with the same people for about three months. I learned that I am more socially awkward than I thought and that I am scared of sewing machines. The skills we gained that help us as leaders were confidence to socialize with people we didn’t know and compassion to care about the kitchen staff’s wellbeing along with the people the kitchen staff come in contact with. We also learned how to be better at talking to people, asking for help, and accepting help from others. What we learned from others who worked to solve the same problem was how to make the masks, and that the nose pieces will break your needle if you’re not careful. This helped make our project better because it helped us make the masks properly, efficiently, and correctly to help us protect the people wearing them.

We lived the Girl Scout Promise and Law by helping our community. We used our resources wisely by using what we already had at our disposal. We respected ourselves and others by being kind to our kitchen staff and each other. We made the world a better place by helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. Finally, we were considerate and caring of Sodexo’s need for supplies.

A Silver Award Take Action project should provide a solution to an issue that matters to us. We believe that we did a good job and accomplished what we originally aimed to do which was provide support to people helping during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy that we have succeeded in making our kitchen staff’s work environment safer for themselves and the meal recipients.

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.

Watch Now: 2020 VIRTUAL Highest Awards Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado on Saturday, May 16, 2020 for our first-ever VIRTUAL Highest Awards Celebration! We honored more than 1,200 Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts across Colorado. Missed the live event? That’s OK! You can watch the video on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. A transcript of the celebration is below.

There’s still time to go to our KudoBoard to share congratulations for your troop and help our Highest Awards Girl Scouts feel even more proud of their huge accomplishments. Also, be sure to share photos and videos of your Highest Award Girl Scout with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

2020 Virtual Celebration Script Transcript