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G.I.R.L. Stories: Run for Cake

Submitted by Maria C.

Metro Denver

Arvada

I started a 5k road race four years ago called Run for Cake for my Silver Award. Since then, the race has exploded and many people have learned more about the specific needs that are supported by Community Table, previously known as Arvada Community Food Bank. The race supports a small elementary school nearby through the registration fee. We work alongside Community Table’s backpack program. The program supplies kids with food on the weekends in discrete ways. The registration fee is a box of cake mix, candles, and frosting, as well as $5. All is collected and I buy many, many “birthday bags” and donate all the supplies to Community Table. From there, Community Table drops off the donations at Kullerstrand Elementary  to give to students. Each student is called up to the office over morning announcements, receives a birthday bag, and gets their picture taken with the principal. A “birthday bag” consists of a box of cake mix, candles, and frosting. Every kid deserves cake.

I am a G.I.R.L.!

Go-getter: My troop leader Sheryl Blish has been one of the most influential women in my life. She has constantly encouraged me to become versed in everything that comes up in my life. You traveled on a road trip with your family this summer? Where? What places did you go? She never asked, but the way she phrased her questions implored you to want to look on a map, do some research, and figure out where you went. Not only has she pushed us in our knowledge and care for others, but she has also constantly encouraged us to physically go get our dreams. I personally believe that even though she is a very busy women, she never stops dreaming.

Innovator: My troop leaders have always encouraged us to think outside the box! Can’t find that missing tent peg? You’re smart and very intelligent, but you’re also young and a dreamer. Think something up. Look at what’s around you. Maybe you can find something in the camping supplies or a pointy stick that will make it work for the night. Maybe we even have an extra because as Girl Scouts we are always prepared.

Risk-taker: For one of our bridging ceremonies, our troop voted to ride zip lines. That was kind of intense for those of us who do not love heights. The dynamic duo of both Judy Curtis and Sheryl Blish gave us a balance of tough love and kind words. They helped so many of us, especially me, conquer our fears with such audacious boldness we couldn’t help but get excited. They have taught us when it’s appropriate to look back to see if you can help someone out and when to look forward to improve those around you as well as yourself.

Leader: I have become the person I am today mostly through the weekly Girl Scout meeting our troop held. Each week a different girl would be in charge of leading a meeting. She would show up 15 minutes before all the other girls and meet with the head troop leader Sweet Sweet Sheryl Blish. She would give us a good and thorough run-down of what the meeting needed to accomplish. We had a notecard and her sitting next to us but other than that, it was our job to run the whole shebang smoothly while maintaining control of the room. As we proceed to get older she would let us have more and more freedom until we almost did not need her for the meeting at all. But by that time we realized we had become such great friends with our troop leaders we wanted them to be there.
My troop leaders are the best women around.

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

New Resource: Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

All Gold Award mentors across the state worked to develop and revise the rubrics over the last year to ensure that a wide variety of perspectives and experiences were considered.

Each girl working to pursue her Gold Award should “meet minimum standards” or above on each criterion listed on the rubric. The rubric also lists the corresponding questions on the Gold Award project proposal and final report to help understand where the information expected of each criterion is coming from.

Questions about the Gold Award process in Colorado? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org. 

G.I.R.L.s build fence for Silver Award project

Submitted by Laura Smith

Metro Denver

Littleton

Over this last year, Troop 3227 planned, designed, and built a fence around a 30’x 60′ garden at Goddard Middle School in Littleton. This was no easy task! The six girls divided the tasks so they could meet with the school, finalize a design, get a supply list, work on getting donations from Home Depots, Lowes, and the Elks in Littleton, and then building the fence over two weekends with the help of their families and parents. The girls learned how to coordinate such a huge project with so many players and they learned how to use tools safely as they built the fence. It was hard work that paid off. This fence will last the school around 25-30 years and it’ll be a legacy the girls can be proud of passing on.

The six girls exemplified what being a G.I.R.L. means. They took on a project that was not easy to accomplish and their go-getting attitude helped them get there. The skills the girls learned will go a long way in helping cement their leadership, risk-taking, and innovation. It was amazing to see the girls grow over this last year as they worked on this project!

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

One G.I.R.L. attempting to tackle T1D costs

Submitted by Alana Kinard

Metro Denver

Arvada

Many would be surprised to know diabetes kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. There are two types of diabetes, however we will focus on Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. T1Dis a disorder of the body’s immune system and occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas. These cells normally produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body move the glucose contained in food into cells throughout the body, which use it for energy. When the beta cells are destroyed, no insulin can be produced, and the glucose stays in the blood instead, where it can cause serious damage to all the organ systems of the body.

People with T1D must take insulin in order to stay alive. This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered though an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. People with diabetes must also carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels, all in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), both of which can be life threatening.

T1D is generally diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults. The exact cause is not yet known, but doctors believe that autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors are involved. For some perspective; as many as three million Americans may have T1D, each year more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with T1D in the U.S., the prevalence of T1D in Americans under age 20 rose by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009, and T1D accounts for $14.9 billion in healthcare costs in the U.S. each year.

Makayla started a non-profit at the age of 12. The purpose of the foundation is to help children, young adults, and their families pay for essential diabetic supplies that they would otherwise not be able to afford (or affording would cause financial hardship).

The inspiration for the foundation comes from the devastating loss our family experienced in 2013; we lost my little sister, Elizabeth “Busy,” to complications due to her diabetes at the young age of 26. Busy left behind her extensive family, a fiancé, and two young children. She was always very fortunate to have supportive family, friends, and doctors, who were willing to help in any way they could to make sure she received the care and at times supplies that she needed.

My daughter Makayla, Busy’s goddaughter, told us she lost her best friend and at the time we were working on a different type of foundation. She wanted to host virtual runs and benefits to raise money to help people, but the loss made the goal more focused. The goal is to help as many people as possible in a very personal way. Makayla is our “monkey” and so was born; One Monkey’s Miracle.

Makayla’s Silver Award project tied in with her foundation. She put together care bags (60) to be delivered to the Barbara Davis Center for children who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes. Through her work on her Silver Award, she partnered with many outside organizations who provided help and supplies to add to the bags.

Currently, we are working on putting on a second virtual race that will help build our funds and hopefully help us start helping families in need.

Please consider being a part of the miracle.

More information can be found in our Facebook Group: One Monkey’s Miracle (https://www.facebook.com/groups/onemonkeysmiracle/) or online at our website: http://www.onemonkeysmiracle.wixsite.com/onemonkeysmiracle)

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

Girl Scout Troop 179 earns Bronze Award

Submitted by Nancy Renken

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

The 5th grade Girl Scout Juniors of Troop 179 earned their Bronze Award on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Heatherwood Elementary School in Gunbarrel. The Bronze Award is the highest award that Girl Scout Juniors can earn. Girl Scout Cadettes can earn the Silver Award, and Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn the Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

Part of the requirements for the Bronze Award is recognizing a need in the community, making a plan, and finally, putting it into action. In this case, the girls talked about how the playground designs at Heatherwood Elementary were really faded and hadn’t been updated in years. As outgoing 5th graders, they wanted to give back to their school. A small delegation of Girl Scouts: Sophia J., Katy R., and Meaghan Z. met with Principal Jaramillo to discuss whether or not such a project would be feasible. The principal was really open to their proposal and agreed that the girls could take on the project. Sharon Lynch was our parent in charge who helped the Girl Scouts with determining supplies needed and kept the project within their scope. While the girls could not take on everything that needed repainting, they were able to repaint the tetherball courts, two four-squares, and a hopscotch. They were dedicated, focused, and they did a great job. All of them were really engaged in the project.

Additionally, when a Girl Scout was not on paint duty, she worked on a secondary project of decorating food delivery bags for There With Care.

Our project was successful due to the enthusiasm and dedication of Girl Scout Troop 179, the direction of Sharon Lynch, the support from the parents of Troop 179, and additional support from Prana Construction, and Papa John’s Pizza, 28th St., Boulder.

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

Troop 35 refreshes playroom at Joshua Station

Submitted by Nikki Goethals

Metro Denver

Aurora

A representative from Joshua Station in Denver came to one of our troop meetings to discuss their facility, a renovated hotel now used as housing for homeless families until they can transition back into their own housing. Our Brownie troop was SO moved by this idea that they chose to sponsor the new playroom that had been created in the basement of one of the buildings.

We did a donation drive with our families to collect new items such as board games, movies, and toys. That didn’t feel like enough so we made them our Hometown Heroes this year. Our girls weren’t playing around. We sold 489 packages of donated Girl Scout Cookies for the families and staff at Joshua Station!

In April, the troop visited the campus to drop off the 489 packages of Girl Scout Cookies AND $489 worth of toys, games, and decor for the shared play space. The troop got a wonderful tour of the grounds, almost entirely maintained by volunteers, AND we might have stuck around to play some games with the locals.

The troop was so inspired by this Take Action project that they are hoping to be able to do even more for Joshua Station next year.

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

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

Nearly 100 Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at the Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne on May 11, 2018, to honor the more than 1,300 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 2017-18 Girl Scout awards program year, nearly 1,000 girls across the state and 25 in the Mountain Communities region earned the Bronze Award. 10 girls in the region earned the prestigious Silver Award and three became Gold Award Girl Scouts.

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.

“Girl Scouts gives girls the skills and experiences they need to thrive and lead in today’s world. The world needs female leaders now more than ever. You’re making a difference,” 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.

G.I.R.L.s start running club to earn Silver Award

To earn their Silver Award, Girl Scout Cadettes Addison, Adie, and Scarlet of Centennial started an after school running club at their elementary school alma mater, Carl Sandburg Elementary School, in the fall.  The program was such a success that they were instrumental in its continuation this spring. The girls even secured a grant for their club through Kids Run the Nation. They are now serving as volunteers in the program they created.  Their model can also be easily transferrable to other elementary schools wanting to start a running club for their students.

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

Gold Award project helps bring computers for all

Submitted by Angela F., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Centennial

Hello, my name is Angela and I am working on my Gold Award project, “Computers for All.” My project is providing computers to those with few resources. I chose to work with Family Promise to help provide them with computers for the families they work with who are currently homeless or have recently found a home.

I learned about Family Promise through my church. Our church hosts families four times a year. I volunteer for them by making meals and by providing babysitting. I have met several homeless teens going to school without a computer. I couldn’t imagine not having a computer for school. This is what has helped me identify the need for my project.

In my search for computers, I found another non-profit, Denver Tech for All. Their mission:

Tech for All makes available to individuals in the community the means to become skilled and competent in computer use; we do this by gathering donations, collecting and reconditioning used equipment, identifying qualified recipients and placing the appropriate equipment with them solely for their use and at no charge.

Denver Tech for All has agreed to provide the computers to Family Promise families in need. Currently, more than 30 computers have been distributed since January.

I am also looking for additional teens in need by reaching out to local schools. Please email highestawards@gscolorado.org if you know others in need.

Additionally, I wanted to help Denver Tech for All by obtaining computer equipment for them. To date, I have found 80+ monitors, 30 desktops, several laptops, keyboards, and mouses. My goal is to collect more than two tons of equipment for them.

On June 2, 2018 I will be collecting computer equipment at Arapahoe High School for Denver Tech for All. Arapahoe High School is located at 2201 E. Dry Creek Rd Centennial, CO. The drive is between 10 a.m. – noon in the east parking lot. Please consider donating any computer equipment you are no longer using. Even if the equipment doesn’t work, we will accept it.

Below is a flyer listing all the computer equipment needed.
Thank you so much for your support!

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Bronze and Silver Award Girl Scouts honored at Highest Awards celebration in Grand Junction

More than 100 Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on May 6, 2018, to honor the more than 1,300 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 2017-18 Girl Scout awards program year, nearly 1,000 girls across the state and 40 in the Western Slope and Southwestern Colorado region earned the Bronze Award. 13 girls across the Western Slope and Southwestern Colorado region earned the prestigious Silver Award.

2016 Gold Award Girl Scout Katie Otto served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about her journey to earn the Gold Award and how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

“Girl Scouts is an amazing community and organization. The skills that you learn through Girl Scouts will give you the skills to succeed further in life. Girl scouts teaches girls: courage, confidence, and character,” 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.