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Highest award for girls 11-14. The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.

2020 Highest Awards Celebrations: Save the date

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce the dates for the 2020 Highest Awards celebrations statewide.

Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction

Friday, April 24, 6 p.m.

Penrose House Garden Pavilion

Colorado Springs

Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Embassy Suites

Loveland

Friday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.

Giodone Library

Pueblo

Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.

Hyatt Regency DTC

Denver

Friday, May 15, 6 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Steamboat Springs

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.

Anyone planning to attend MUST RSVP online. The RSVP form will be made available on the GSCO events page in March 2020.

Gold Award Girl Scouts across the state will also be recognized at Gold Award Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 6. Each Gold Award Girl Scout is encouraged to participate in both regional celebrations, as well as Day at the Capitol.

Please note the deadline to notify GSCO you have earned your Bronze or Silver Award and participate in celebrations is March 1. Notify us now that your girls have earned their Bronze or Silver Award:
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/bronze-and-silver-notification.html

Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager, at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

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Girl Scout Days at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Submitted by Jennavieve W.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Presenting: Girl Scout Days at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery!

Girl Scout Days is an ongoing program I helped create for my Silver Award. It will run every few months and switch between ages and interests. This awesome program not only gives Northern Colorado Girl Scouts a place to participate in local and affordable STEAM activities, but also volunteer opportunities for older Girl Scouts. One of the perks of Girl Scout Days is that family members of participating girls are able to visit the museum during the event; eliminating the problem of carpooling and finding babysitters for siblings.

The first-ever Girl Scout Day was Brownie Engineering Extravaganza on October 12, 2019. Girl Scout Brownies used their amazing G.I.R.L. powers to earn four badges and fun patch.

We loved seeing their go-getter personalities as they innovated fling flyers. They took risks when testing their senses with mystery boxes and optical illusions. They learned a bit about anatomy and world cultures by taste-testing teas and visiting Gerald the Jack-o’-Lantern. Last, but not least, the girls used their leadership skills as they chose jobs within their teams and used teamwork to create Rube Goldberg inspired chain reaction contraptions. They all did an amazing job!

Thank you to all of the troops who attended for making my event a success. A huge thank you to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for allowing me the opportunity to start this program. A special thank you to Angela Kettle for being my mentor and helping me create the event.

I look forward to providing many more STEAM events for my Girl Scout sisters. A second session of Brownie Engineering Extravaganza will be available soon and a Junior coding event is in the works.

Stay tuned for more to come!

I chose this project as my Silver Award because I come from a large family and if there is an event in Denver, my mom has to bring my siblings with us or hire a babysitter, so we can’t always make it. I wanted to make a difference and provide girls with the same problem a solution. I also wanted to give other girls my age more and closer volunteer opportunities.

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

Bronze and Silver Awards for Troop 31920

Submitted by Kristi Martinez

Pueblo

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

I’d like to tell you about the amazing girls of the multi-level Troop 31920 in Pueblo, who earned their Bronze and Silver Awards. For Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the girls put together 80 care packages for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients for the Dorcy Cancer Center. The girls met with experts in the community and learned that many patients undergoing chemotherapy spend many hours at the hospital, so their care packages included scarves, mittens, caps, crossword puzzle books, peppermint tea, ginger candies, messages of hope, and more! The girls presented the care packages at the Runway of Hope Breast Cancer Gala and were touched by the stories of cancer warriors in our community.

The girls really dug deep and researched issues in their community and learned that the Dorcy Cancer Center diagnoses many patients with various cancers each week. They were go-getters and set up a meeting with the director of the center and asked all of their own questions and gathered information about their project. They created care packages that really will help cancer patients feel hopeful and supported by their community.

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

Highest Awards training for leaders and girls in Pueblo

The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest achievements in Girl Scouts.

Highest Awards training is an awesome training to help girls, parents, and troop leaders through the Highest Awards process. Highest Awards training is for parents and leaders who are interested in learning the basics of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and how to get their girls on a path to a successful project.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the awards and get your girls ready to learn new leadership skills!

Join Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Giodone Library in Pueblo.

Register now:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/highest_awards_train.html

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Silver Award project: Reducing plastics in Berthoud

Submitted by Kenyan C.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

My name is Kenyan C. and a problem I discovered in my community, Berthoud, was the amount of plastic litter we have. Plastic is such a huge issue in our modern world, it does much more bad than good. Did you know that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year? And for all the damage a plastic bag causes, like harming wildlife, ecosystems, our atmosphere, natural beauty, and so much more, it is only used for 12 minutes. That bag also sticks with the earth for more than 1,000 years, due to it being non-biodegradable.

Our plastic pollution is at alarming levels and to fix that I believe that everybody must do their part. I’m trying to do mine by reducing the amount of plastic we as a society use. To tackle that goal, I’m taking it one store by store. For my Silver Award project, I proposed a presentation to my local grocery store, Hays Market, in Berthoud. Now, lots of research and planning went into it and I came out with a slideshow about the types of plastic pollution, how it harms the environment, and how to resolve this issue.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, I presented my slideshow to the owner of Hays Market, Neal Hays, before school. He heard what I had to say and appreciated how much research and effort went into the causes I believe in. However, he would not limit the amount of plastic bags the store stocks. Neal said that he hoped that Colorado would follow after California and Hawaii and ban disposable plastic bags. But, we also had to look at it from a marketing standpoint. For the wellness of his business, he couldn’t do completely what I was expecting. However, not all hope was lost because Neal believes the motivation to change our community’s ways was not to force them to, but to encourage and educate customers. Along with my presentation, I created a little “leave behind” card to put at check-out registers. These cards tell customers why to reduce plastic bag waste and how. You can make a difference just by bringing your own reusable bags or asking a checker for more information. Neal wanted me to finalize and print more cards so he could put them at checkers.

After submerging myself with the plastic free community when researching, I felt as if I truly understood what state our earth is at and how much plastic is harming our planet. Even if I cant force our town to stop using plastic, I guess I learned not everybody understands where you come from and some people just need to research and make decisions on their own. Slowly people are realizing the consequences and making lifestyle changes, hopefully Berthoud can do that too. But, we don’t have much time. So, if you are reading this, I encourage you to do your part.

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

Girl Scout Day at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Brownie Engineering Extravaganza

Submitted by Jennavieve W.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Come and join us for some engineering fun at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on Saturday October 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. With hands-on activities for Girl Scout Brownies who are interested in STEAM, they can earn four amazing badges: Senses, Snacks, Inventor, Mechanical Engineering: Fling Flyer, and an additional FCMoD fun patch.

We’ll supply mini doughnuts, a pizza lunch, and the badges all for just $20 per girl.

One adult must be present per troop. Adults are free.

Register by going to www.fcmod.org/event/girl-scout-day-brownie-engineering-extravaganza/.

Registration deadline is October 1.

Hi, my name is Jennavieve, and I am a Girl Scout with Troop 70720. I am working with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery to plan their first-ever Girl Scout Day for Brownies! By planning this event, I am working toward my Silver Award. Hope you can make it!

Girl Scout Day Brownie Engineering Extravaganza Updated

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

Troop 74546’s Silver Award project

Submitted by Anna Boyle

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

We are Troop 74546 in Loveland and for our Silver Award project, we painted inspirational quotes on bathroom stalls in bathrooms at an elementary school. We picked an elementary school that one of us went to and we made a presentation. In the presentation, we included how, what, when, and where we are painting. We presented to the PTA and the principal at Cottonwood Plains Elementary School. They allowed us to do it and we got to work. We went and got paint donated from a Home Depot store. We spent two days painting and making it perfect. We put a sealer on it and it was finished. The next day, the kids got to come in for Back to School Night and see our work. All of the teachers and students love the stalls and they were excited for the new year with newly painted stalls.

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

Silver Award project: Hampden Academy makeover

Submitted by Jessica Raugust

Metro Denver

Aurora

This summer, girls from Troop 64175 completed their Silver Award. These young ladies contacted an alternative school used by Aurora Mental Health. This is a multi-grade facility that provides therapy programs in a safe environment. When the girls arrived, they found several rooms that were in rough condition. The paint was peeling, there were holes in the walls, and carpet was ripped and stained. It was badly in need of a makeover. Troop 64175 decided that these kids needed someone to show them that they were loved.

The girls spent months earning the money and gathering ideas from both staff and the students. They decided to remodel a self-timeout room and the cafeteria. The girls organized their community and many volunteers in order to repair the walls, repaint, put in new carpet, and lay laminate flooring. They purchased new tables, carts, microwaves, and more. They presented staff with positive incentive gift cards and snacks for the highly dedicated staff. The G.I.R.L.s understood how fortunate they were to attend their school and that not everyone has the same learning environment. They learned that they could take an active role in creating positive changes in their community.

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

Bronze and Silver Award Girl Scouts honored at Highest Awards Celebration in Western Colorado

More than a dozen Girl Scouts, along with their families and friends, gathered at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on May 19, 2019, to honor the more than 1,200 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2018-19 Girl Scout awards program year, 14 Girl Scouts in the Western Colorado region earned the Bronze Award. 15 girls across the Western Colorado region earned the prestigious Silver Award. 42 girls across Colorado earned the prestigious Gold Award..

Gold Award Girl Scout and current Gold Award mentor Heidi Ragsdale served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

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.

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts honored at Highest Awards Celebration in Silverthorne

Nearly 30 Girl Scouts, along with their friends and family, gathered at Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne on May 9, 2019 to honor the more than 1,200 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2018-19 Girl Scout awards program year, 26 Girl Scouts in the Mountain Communities region earned the Bronze Award. 18 girls across the Mountain Communities region earned the prestigious Silver Award. 42 girls across Colorado earned the prestigious Gold Award.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make their world a better place.

Highest Award recipients are perfect examples of girls who lead the Girl Scout way. Taking the lead like a Girl Scout means being a go-getter who is bold, honest, and determined to succeed; an innovator who thinks outside the box; a risk-taker who is willing to try new things; and a leader who leads with empathy,” she said.

2018 Gold Award Girl Scout and winner of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence Riley Morgenthaler served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about how earning the Girl Scout Gold Award has impacted her life.

Every time I think that the Gold Award has given me everything it possibly can, I get a new, amazing opportunity; use the tremendous number of skills it taught me; or receive unexpected feedback from the community I targeted with my project. I am so amazed to see how my project has continued to grow wings and impact even more people, ” she said.

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.