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Gold Award Girl Scout: Lilli Tobias, Breckenridge, “Ti Biznis”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I partnered with the Colorado Haiti Project and developed a youth entrepreneurial program for the eighth-grade class at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Petit Trou, Haiti. The three-day hands-on business workshop was an opportunity for eighth-grade students to “start” small businesses or Ti Biznis. The students learned the five fundamentals of business beginning with creating a business plan, gathering a loan, creating a product, advertising it, and creating a profit to be sustainable.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

Following the three-day workshop, the students took a business survey, as well as demonstrated their proficiency by all earning a profit. Even more so, following the workshop, the students went home and created more products with the materials they were able to purchase with their profit and began selling their products for real money.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact your involvement?

Following my workshop, the Colorado Haiti Project will continue to use my curriculum and the design of my workshop for five years. Along with the Colorado Haiti Project, I have also been in contact with other Haitian schools as well as a non-profit that works in Honduras where my curriculum could be of value.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

As my Gold Award is already internationally focused, I have presented to several local groups to expand the impact of my Gold Award within Summit County. I have presented to the French Honors Society at my school, to my leadership class, and to Interact, the youth version of Rotary International. I also reached out to  9News several times through email, call, text, and video and did not receive a response. Through my local outreach, The Summit Foundation, an organization in Summit County that promotes philanthropy, awarded me with 2017 Most Outstanding and Philanthropic Youth at a community-wide ceremony held in November 2017. I will continue my impact through speaking to local troops about the value of the Gold Award and Girl Scouts as well as promoting education in other third world countries such as Honduras.

What did you learn about yourself?

Through my Gold Award, I learned to truly step into my leadership potential. This started with being comfortable talking on the phone, to organizing huge fundraising events, organizing volunteers, gathering community support, improving on being adaptable, to my most important and improved skill of public speaking. All of these skills are vitally important to growing up and becoming a female leader of tomorrow. My Gold Award has allowed me to be a source of leadership and philanthropy in my community, which will lead to scholarships, colleges, and so much more. I can not thank Girl Scouts enough for not only providing me with this opportunity, but for encouraging me to reach for the stars.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

My leadership skills will absolutely continue to grow and strengthen because of my Gold Award. We all set our own limitations, whatever they may be, and throughout my Gold Award journey, I have truly surpassed many of the limits I had set. My public speaking, ability to smoothly and comfortably speak on the phone, organize, direct, and leverage influence was all cultivated in my Gold Award and is now propelling me to new heights. My main fundraiser for my Gold Award was a Haitian Gala dinner. It was my first time ever attempting to organize an event of this nature and capacity and it was beyond successful. It was so successful, fun, and I learned so much from it that I will be doing another gala dinner this year on March 17, 2018, to support education in Honduras. Not only has Girl Scouts and my Gold Award developed my leadership, but it has developed my philanthropic spirit. All the work and efforts put forth through my Silver Award which turned into me starting my own philanthropic bakery, to my Gold Award and promoting education in third world countries was never done for fame but because I truly find joy in doing so. However, in 2017 the Summit Foundation honored me as Summit County’s Most Outstanding Philanthropic Youth of the year. This recognition was so heartwarming and humbling. I was able to shed light on Girl Scouts and the character development it provides and how “worth it” it is to stay involved in the program.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

For me, the Gold Award journey was the bow on the present. It tied everything together, the Journeys, cookie program, various events, and service were all brought together in one package with completing the Gold Award. It’s all about the process from whenever a girl joins Girl Scouts to when they finish. And with it being such a long, yet rewarding journey, completing the Gold Award makes all the time, energy, and effort worth it. It’s such a  rewarding process that I hope all girls strive for!

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

My Gold Award forced me to be a go-getter. Without that characteristic of being a G.I.R.L, my Gold Award would not have been what it is. I have always had a “bossy” personality and once I got older I became ashamed of that characteristic and felt that it made me seem aggressive or mean. But through my Gold Award journey, it was put into perspective that being “bossy” doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I am proud that I can shape my characteristic of taking charge into a positive light of being a go-getter because, without strong girls and women who harness their go-getter mentality, we wouldn’t be heading into the groundbreaking future we are.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Silver Award project: Family Trail Day

Submitted by Sophia E.

Mountain Communities

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Our Girl Scout Silver Award project was to organize the first-ever Family Trail Day in Summit County to restore a turnpike on a National Forest trail. We partnered with the Friends of Dillon Ranger District and Keystone Science School to achieve this. Our troop organized the day, advertised for the event, and planned fun, educational activities for the children. On June 24 2017, two rangers led the adults to restore the deteriorated turnpike. While the adults were working, our troop led fun activities for the kids to teach them about nature. The day ended with a picnic and the turnpike underwent a major improvement. It was such a success that the ranger district plans on doing it again next year!

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

Girl Scouts learn about the science of snow

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More than 30 Girl Scouts from Eagle, Chaffee and Summit counties spent the weekend of April 25-27 learning about the impact of Colorado’s winter weather on the landscape for the rest of the year in the state. The event took place at the Keystone Science School, who in partnership with Girl Scouts of Colorado, have been providing a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related camps over the last four of years for area Girl Scouts.

Saturday’s activities included several hours of hiking nearby Keystone to see first-hand the impacts of the snow pack. Groups hiked around Keystone, Lake Dillon as well as Montezuma, which is a 20-minute drive from Keystone, along the Continental Divide. Snow pack was gone in many areas, except for the group that hiked in Montezuma.

“We hiked in waist deep snow,” said Girl Scout Maggie, 9, from Buena Vista.

Maggie’s group found that through the course of their hike they were witnessing snow melt in process.

“The snow was hard in the morning (making it easier to walk on), and softer in the afternoon (when we sunk in walking),” said Bailey, 13, also from Buena Vista.

Out on the trail each of the groups enjoyed lunch and learned where all the snow/water in Keystone ends up.

“The water from Colorado reaches the ocean,” said Lily, 10, from Eagle. “When it rains in Keystone that water reaches the Pacific.”

Back at camp after the hike, the Girl Scouts got to take a look at an experiment they had set up before they left. Each of the groups had placed snow from around camp in a cup or jug and had made personal predictions for how much water they thought would come from the snow.

“I understood the water cycle before I came (to camp), but I didn’t know how it all happened. I’m learning a lot, and it is cool to try out (earth science),” said Chianne, 9, of Buena Vista.

One of the concluding activities on Saturday afternoon was how water causes erosion. The girls worked in groups with tubs of sand to create a landscape. Some added rocks from around camp as well. Then they turned on the small water hose hooked up to each tub and witnessed how water could help or hurt the landscape they created.

Lilli, a 6-year-old Girl Scout Daisy from Summit County, loved every moment of the camp because she can’t wait to be a scientist one day.

“I like science and learning new things. I love experiments,” said Lilli.

Grant funding provided by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Climax-Area (CO) Community Investment Fund and Copper Environmental Foundation helped make this weekend camp and other camps in the series possible.

STEM is a core curriculum focus in Girl Scouting because more men enter STEM fields than women. Girl Scouts’ research shows that girls are interested in STEM but are not as knowledgeable about the careers and the opportunities afforded by these fields. By introducing girls to STEM in a hands-on setting and showing them how they can make the world a better place through STEM, Girl Scouts hopes to attract more girls to lead in these field.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Colorado visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Summit County Girl Scout recruitment event Sunday, Oct. 13th

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Summit County Girl Scouts will be holding a fun recruitment event this Sunday, Oct. 13th. The event will be held at Senior Center in Frisco from 3-5 p.m. A group of older Girl Scouts will lead activities highlighting the Girl Scout program and leadership experience at the event, which is open to girls in grades K-12 and their parents.

Joan Jardon, a Troop Leader from Summit Cove, helped organize the event.  “It will be a fun and active afternoon for the girls.  The older girls who are running the activities are so excited to share their skills with new Girl Scouts, and meanwhile, we’ll have parents from a bunch of different schools to meet with new parents to answer all their questions.”

In addition to recruiting girls, the area is also seeking volunteers to help mentor girls on their Girl Scout journey. You don’t have to be a parent to be a Girl Scout volunteer. Any adult in the community who is 18 or older and wants to make a difference in the life of a girl is invited to volunteer.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday! For more information about Girl Scouts in Summit County, please contact Cricket Hawkins at 970-379-9059 or Cricket.Hawkins@gscolorado.org.

Article on this event in the Summit Daily News

Wild and Wacky Weather Camp

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins
Keystone Science School

Summit County Girl Scouts enjoyed a Wild and Wacky Weather camp at Keystone Science School March 16 and 17. The girls learned about their local weather, how to use personal weather stations, micro-climates of Colorado, why snow is so important to Summit County, and how to predict the weather! The girls also created a weather station log and checked the weather from the school’s weather station each morning. Our collaborative effort would not be possible without the generous support of the Summit Foundation and Copper Environmental Foundation-thank you!

Summit Daily News did a story about the camp in their March 27 issue

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

Summit girls receive trailer full of cookies

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins
Top of the World – Summit County

The Girl Scouts of Top of the World – Summit County Service Unit received a tractor trailer full of cookies on Saturday the 26th. Girls, parents, leaders, and volunteers helped unload the truck in record time! Everyone then loaded each troop’s initial order into cars. A HUGE shout out to veteran Cookie Manager Mary Lorch who has been managing this for many years–thank you Mary! And thank you everyone who helped!

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

Girl Scouting reaching Hispanic communities across Colorado

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In the last couple of weeks, I hope you’ve had a chance to learn more about how the Colorado Hispanic community is participating in Girl Scouts. If you’ve missed our other blogs, read them here (Blog #1, Blog #2).

To end our Hispanic Heritage Month Blog series, I wanted to share more information on how Hispanic girls and adults, serving as volunteers, are increasingly participating in Girl Scouting around the state of Colorado:

  • This summer Girl Scouts of Colorado received a grant from the MetLife Foundation, which has helped us bring, through the help of volunteers, the Girl Scout Journey program to Hispanic middle school students around the state.
  • In the both Summit and Eagle counties we’ve recently started new bilingual Girl Scout troops led by local volunteers.
  • In Northern Colorado we’ve participated in Ciñco de Mayo celebrations in Greeley and Longmont and partnered with local schools, City of Greeley Recreation Department and organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club, to offer volunteer-led Girl Scout programming, including our Power Up bullying prevention program. We have served more than 310 new girls! We recently started a neighborhood pilot program in Weld County where we are teaching adults involved in Adults Learning English as Second Language (ESL) classes about Girl Scouting and giving them opportunities to practice their skills by teaching a short-term Girl Scout program. We’ve also partnered with local radio stations, such as “El Tigre” KGRE/KRKY & KRYE Radio, to help us spread the word.
  • In Pueblo we started a Hispanic troop that is part of the Grupo Folklorico Dancers. Pueblo area Hispanic leaders have also started a Girl Scout Advisory Committee.

I also wanted to share with you a video we recently produced for the Hispanic community to invite them to be members or volunteers of Girl Scouts. The video is in Spanish, and I encourage you to share it if you have connections to Spanish-speaking communities.

¿Por qué Unirse a Girl Scouts? (Why join Girl Scouts?)

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I’ve enjoying blogging with you during Hispanic Heritage Month, and hope you will explore how you can support Hispanic/Latina Girl Scouts by contacting us at 303-607-4813 (1-855-726-4726 , ext. 4813) or preguntas@gscolorado.org.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol