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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.

Silver Award Girl Scouts: Capes with healing powers

Three Girl Scout Cadettes wanted patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado to feel courageous and strong, so they helped make more than 250 super hero capes for them to wear while undergoing treatment at the hospital. Blen, Lena, and Maddie, along with their leaders, delivered the capes to the hospital in April 2019. Reporter Karen Morfitt of CBS Denver joined the troop for one of the deliveries. Click here to watch the story. 

In September, the troop partnered with JOANN Fabrics to design a sewing class where Girl Scouts and community members alike could learn to sew and create the capes. The girls also created packets with sewing instructions and a pattern to hand out to people in the community who can sew.

Congratulations to these Silver Award Girl Scouts!

 

Girl Scouts from Eagle earn Silver Award

Olivia F. and Hailey G. from Eagle wrapped up their Silver Award with a fun and informational talk with the local 4H Clover Buds about rabbit care. The girls saw a need at their 4H barn for rabbit pens, so more children could have an opportunity to raise animals and learn about responsibility. After asking and receiving permission from the Rocky Mountain 4H Board, they recycled some pens, scrubbed and cleaned them, and provided new rabbit supplies. Both girls really grew in their public speaking skills and have much more confidence in speaking with both adults and children. They are also looking ahead to earning their Gold Award and can’t wait to get started. Way to go, Hailey and Olivia!

Silver Award Girl Scout creates “Foster Love Bags” for children entering foster care

Silver Award Girl Scout Maddie G. of Grand Junction delivered 50 “Foster Love Bags,” which she created for children entering foster care, to Ariel Clinical Services on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Maddie knows first-hand about the needs children in foster care have because her own family has served as a foster family for three years. When children come to live with foster families through Ariel Clinical services, they come with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This bothered Maddie and she wanted to help. Foster families have to buy everything for these children from toiletries to toys and games. With these bags, children can immediately have their OWN belongings and have their basic needs met. Included in the bags are two books that Maddie selected specifically because they teach children it is OK to be different and that they can be who they are, because they are special. Also included is a toothbrush/toothpaste, comb, journal, playing cards, a blanket, lip balm, and stuffed animal. Maddie contacted local businesses and friends to help gather items for the bags. She hopes they give the children a positive start when they enter foster care.

Through this project, Maddie will earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scout Cadettes.

Thanks to 11News/KKCO-TV in Grand Junction for joining Maddie for the delivery and sharing the story with their viewers.

 

 

GSCO Photo Challenge: Bridging to Seniors and Silver Award ceremony

Submitted by Michelle Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

These girls have been together through many years now. They’ve stuck it out and are now finally Girl Scout Seniors. They all earned their Silver Awards and have set their sights on their Gold Award. I love seeing all of them together, doing life. They support each other and encourage each other to be the best they can be.

These girls have earned enough money through the cookie program to take a trip to Savannah, Georgia this summer. They are eager to learn more about the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, and the town she grew up in. What a great experience that will be!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Silver Award Girl Scouts deliver toys and activities to low-resource toddlers/preschoolers

Three Silver Award Girl Scouts from Aurora delivered developmentally appropriate toys and activities for toddlers /preschoolers receiving early intervention support to the STARS Early Learning Center in Commerce City on Friday, March 8, 2019. STARS is part of Adams County School District 14. Along with the toys (blocks, bubbles, books, etc.), Girl Scouts developed a booklet with tips on how to use the toys to build communication and play skills. The Girl Scouts worked with therapists from Developmental Pathways to specifically choose these activities and toys, some of which were purchased using money earned as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Through this project, the girls will earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for middle school Girl Scouts.

After hearing about the Girl Scouts’ project, Colorado Governor Jared Polis asked to join the girls to congratulate and thank them for their efforts to make our world a better place.  Sadly, Governor Polis had a change of plans at the last minute and was unable to join the Girl Scouts. However, the girls were still excited to deliver their project. They also toured the center, learning first-hand the impact their project will have on the lives of toddlers/preschoolers in the Adams 14 School District.

Girl Rising: Movie screening

Submitted by Katy Herstein

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Senior Troop 60043 would like to announce the screening of Girl Rising on February 10, 2019. This PG-13 movie will inspire you in ways you haven’t thought of. It will leave you with ideas for your Silver Award or Gold Award projects. It will really make you stop and think about our world of girls!

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

Save the date: 2019 Highest Awards celebrations

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce the dates for the 2019 Highest Awards celebrations statewide.

Friday, April 26, 6 p.m.

Center for American Values

Pueblo, CO

Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland

Loveland, CO

Friday, May 3, 6 p.m.

Penrose House Garden Pavilion

Colorado Springs, CO

Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.

Denver Marriott Tech Center

Denver, CO

Thursday, May 9 6 p.m.

Silverthorne Pavilion

400 Blue River Pkwy.

Silverthorne, CO 80498

Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m.

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

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 2018 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 our events page in March 2019.

Gold Award Girl Scouts across the state will also be recognized at Gold Award Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 8. 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, 2019. Notify us now that your girls have earned their Bronze or Silver Award: http://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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Silver Award project: Installing Little Free Libraries at community parks

Submitted by Hailey and Megan T.

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

We love reading and wanted to share that with our community. As Girl Scouts, we decided to make this our Silver Award project and partnered with Grand Junction Parks and Recreation. We started with a Little Free Library at Lincoln Park playground. We designed, built, and installed the Little Free Library on Earth Day 2018. The theme was trees because it went with the tree theme at Lincoln Park playground. Then, Grand Junction Parks and Rec asked us to build another Little Free Library at another city park, Canyon View, and we agreed. We kept the same design for the most part, but had a sports theme for this library because it fits in with the theme of sports at this park. We learned a lot from this experience including woodworking skills, patience, and time management. We really enjoy reading, so this was a great opportunity for us to help the community read more and earn our Silver Award.

News Channel 11/KKCO-TV in Grand Junction even featured our project on one of their broadcasts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwA_-jxga-E

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

Gold and Silver Award changes from GSUSA

Effective October 1, 2018, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has decided girls may do Silver and Gold Award projects for the benefit of the Girl Scout community.

In order to make sure that this change doesn’t dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl’s project, Silver and Gold Awards must still meet the requirements that are key to taking sustainable action, the project must:

  • Make a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond
  • Put the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action
  • Include provisions to ensure sustainability
  • Identify national and/global links to the selected issue
  • Inspire others

For Girl Scouts of Colorado, our focus will continue to be on the interests of girls when choosing a highest awards project. This means if a girl identifies a need within the GSCO community and feels passionately about it, she will be allowed to pursue that project by working directly with GSCO’s highest awards manger.

In addition to this policy, the GSCO Outdoor Program team will still not allow projects to be done on camp properties.

If you or your troop is interested in a Highest Awards project that you believe will now be allowed under this new policy, please reach out to highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at  highestawards@gscolorado.org prior to starting your project.

 

Helping the hungry and homeless

Submitted by Kristin Hurley

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Hello from Girl Scout Troop 61358! For our Silver Award project, we created a Care Cabinet in Northglenn to help the homeless and hungry. We are hoping for community participation in keeping it filled, and hoping that we can spread the word to people who need help.

From their leader/project advisor: These two Girl Scouts have worked so hard this summer to secure a location for their Care Cabinet so they can help the hungry and homeless, working with the cities of Thornton and Northglenn and the Rotary Clubs of those cities.

If you would be interested in making a donation, please contact GSCO public relations director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org and she will connect you with the troop leader.

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