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Silver Award project: Community garden

Girl Scout Cadettes Lizzy and Alina from Littleton wanted to help both people AND the environment. For their Silver Award project, they are working to build a community garden at their former elementary school, Colorow Elementary School. The vegetables that will be grown in the garden will be donated to a nearby food bank. Lizzy and Alina hope the garden will also give students at the school an opportunity to learn about gardening, composting, helping their community, and more.

“As Girl Scouts and teenagers, we strive to be the best people that we can be. When creating our project for our Silver Award, we had different ideas and merged them into one project. Alina’s idea was to help people in need, but bring it one step further and provide people with fresh produce at the local food bank at the neighborhood church. Lizzy’s idea was to help save the environment through educating kids the importance of doing your part in protecting the environment, as well as help the environment physically like composting,” wrote Lizzy and Alina.

The girls are using money earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, along with generous donations from the community, to build their garden. In fact, the girls received more donations than originally expected, especially cinder blocks, to make the raised garden beds. Now, they need other need other supplies, like dirt.

Lizzy and Alina also collected old t-shirts and remade them into cotton reusable bags so volunteers can take the produce from the garden to the food bank.

Special thanks to Reporter Jeff Todd of CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for helping Lizzy and Alina spread the word about their project and the need for donations.

If you’re interested in helping Lizzy and Alina with their Silver Award project, email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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

More than 75 Girl Scouts, along with their friends and family, gathered at the Penrose House at El Pomar in Colorado Springs on May 3, 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, 126 Girl Scouts in the Pikes Peak region earned the Bronze Award. 53 girls across the Pikes Peak 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.

A special thank you to News5/KOAA-TV for airing photos of the event.

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!

 

Gold Award candidate fights hunger with container gardening kits

Girl Scout Ambassador Kyra T. from Grand Junction is working to earn the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. For her project, she partnered with the Grand Junction Community Food Bank to provide their clients with vegetable container gardening kits. Each kit contained soil, seeds, nutritional information, and a “how-to” brochure, which she created after experimenting with container gardening. GSCO asked Kyra to describe her project in her own words. She wrote, “By creating and distributing container gardening kits, my hope is to influence healthy food choices among low-resource or struggling families so they are able to provide their children and themselves with healthy produce at low or minimal cost, as well as teach their kids about good nutrition. Container gardens are suitable for a variety of plants and can be grown on a windowsill, a front porch, or balcony, making them suitable for many types of living environments and easy for families to use.”

Thanks to News11/KKCO-TVand Grand Junction Daily Sentinel for sharing Kyra’s story with their audiences.

Girl Scouts deliver 12,000 packages of cookies to veterans

As many as 20 Girl Scouts, along with their troop leaders and Girl Scout supporters, delivered 12,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora on Thursday, March 28, 2019.  Girls handed out a fraction of the cookies to veterans and staff. The rest will be delivered to VA hospitals and clinics throughout Colorado.

Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. The Girl Scout Cookies that were delivered were purchased as part of Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program. Customers purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service, and helping with service projects. Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program also honors non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and other uniformed personnel who are so important to the community.

Thank you to Reporter Shawn Chitnis of CBS4/KCNC-TV for joining us for this great event and sharing this story.

Girl Scout Gold Award candidate helps teens with celiac disease

Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Emma G. of Arvada started a support group for teens with celiac disease. Dr. Mary Shull of Children’s Hospital Colorado is helping Emma earn the highest honor in Girl Scouts. Watch their story with Reporter Karen Morfitt and Photojournalist Mark Neitro of CBS4 Denver/KCNC-TV here: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/03/12/support-group-children-celiac-disease/

The Denver Celiac Support group will hold a Celiac panel discussion on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Belmar Library in Lakewood.

Silver Award project: Care Cabinet

Girl Scout Cadettes Katie and Maddie of Northglenn are building what they call a “Care Cabinet” to be placed in their community. The “Care Cabinet” is similar to a Free Little Library. However, instead of stocking their cabinet with books, Katie and Maddie plan to fill it with personal hygiene items, non-perishable foods, and other items that might help someone experiencing homelessness. Through this project, the girls hope to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scout Cadettes.

The Girl Scouts and their project were featured on Fox31/KDVR-TV in Denver. Watch the story here:  https://kdvr.com/2019/03/07/local-girl-scouts-using-cookie-proceeds-to-help-people-experiencing-homelessness/

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies at Standley Lake High School

In addition to being a Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Star, Girl Scout Senior Rhianna D. of  Westminster is a Pro Start student, a professional culinary prep program, at Standley Lake High School.  This year, GSCO challenged Media Stars statewide to come up with fun and creative ways to spread the word about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Together, Rhianna and her teacher, Danielle McCracken, came up with the idea for a “Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies” competition. There were five groups of students who developed recipes using Girl Scout Cookies. The goal was to picture and share both the final product as a whole and the product plated (like for a restaurant).

Check out the recipes for these delicious desserts here:

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies 1

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies 2

 

 

Bronze Award Girl Scouts featured on CBS4/KCNC-TV

Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 60900 in Centennial recently talked with CBS Denver about their Bronze Award project. They held a collection drive to benefit Peace, Love & Paws and help people and animals experiencing homelessness. Watch their story on “Together with Karen Leigh:” https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/03/01/together-with-karen-leigh-show-3-1-3-3/

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts donate cookies to Douglas County Search and Rescue

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts (and sisters) Reagan and Camryn P. donated 24 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Douglas County Search and Rescue as a thank you for all they do for the community. A representative from Douglas County Search and Rescue visited the girls at their cookie booth at King Soopers on Sunday, February 24, 2019 to collect the cookies.

Customers purchased these cookies from Reagan and Camryn’s troop as part of Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes program. Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts honor the non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and uniformed personnel who are so important to the community. Through Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who choose to resist the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service, and helping with service projects. All Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring purchases may be eligible for a tax deduction. 

A special thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV and Fox31/KDVR-TV for joining Girl Scouts for the event and sharing the sisters’ story with their viewers.