Bear Creek Lake Park has been a dedicated supporter of Girl Scouts of Colorado, we have had many day camps there over the years. They were on the news today about the catastrophic flooding at the park. The park was originally designed as a backup system to catch water flowing down from the mountains to protect Denver and the neighboring areas from flooding.
Lucky for residents downstream, the park reservoirs did their job but the park is flooded. Bear Creek Lake Park is having an initial cleanup for the park on October 2nd 2013. This is one of many future volunteer opportunities at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood.
The park is in a holding pattern untill the water recedes for any cleanup or help. They will be looking for groups, etc in the spring and next summer to help with cleanup and repairs.
Volunteer run day camp directors’ contact information will be published with their camps in the camp catalog so that parents can ask them directly regarding location changes due to flooding.
Girl Scout Nicole Burkhalter, who is currently a senior at Arvada West High School, made a big impact on the junior and senior classes at her high school on Thursday, Sept. 12th.
During a pre-Homecoming Week assembly she organized as part of a distracted driving prevention campaign, Nicole brought her classmates to tears as they saw how lives are forever changed from drinking and driving accidents. The students were particularly moved by the presentation from a Colorado mother with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (in association with drunk driving lawyers of California) who had lost her son in a drinking and driving accident.
The inspiration for this project came from a community event Nicole attended where she learned about the impacts of drinking and driving accidents.
“I felt this was an important issue because not many teens understand the dangers of drinking and driving, or even being in a car with someone who is driving drunk,” said Nicole, who has been a Girl Scout since 1st grade.
Her original project plan was to focus on the dangers of drinking and driving, but after a rise in other distracted driving incidents, school administrators encouraged her to add additional pieces to her project. Arvada Police and Fire presented at the assembly on the dangers of texting while driving. The students took pledges not to text and drive, which included painting their thumb nails purple and wearing purple thumb rings.
Later in October Arvada West will also participate in a teen driving safety campaign called Celebrate My Drive sponsored by State Farm. Arvada West’s student body will be encouraged to go online to pledge to be safe behind the wheel. Top pledging schools could win teen driving safety grants and a concert by Kelly Clarkson. Nicole has also developed other drinking and driving prevention curriculum that will be used by the school year-round to continue to keep this important issue top-of-mind for students.
This leadership project has earned Nicole Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award. She also joins a long line of Arvada West Scouts who have earned Scouting’s highest awards, including Arvada West Principal Robert Bishop, who is a Boy Scout Eagle Scout recipient.
(On a personal note, this was one of the most impressive Gold Award projects I’ve ever seen. The support Nicole got from her school administrators as well as her student body was quite impressive! During the presentation you could have heard a pin drop as the students were actively listening to what was being said. Kudos to the leadership Nicole brought to this project, and I am confident she has made an impact on her student body and helped save lives on the road!)
We are extremely honored and proud of Girl Scout Troop 1804 of Grand Junction. This troop and their work for their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a middle school Girl Scout can earn, is featured in a new Colorado MAKERS episode produced by Rocky Mountain PBS. Colorado MAKERS highlights the best and brightest of the state’s women and girls leaders and how they are making a difference in their communities. Being that one of the core fundamentals of Girl Scouting is “making the world a better place,” we are honored that Rocky Mountain PBS has helped showcase our story! This exciting honor was also featured in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel over the weekend.
Story posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado
Photos of horseback riding courtesy of Minka Frohring
When sitting down to plan the project she would pursue to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, Rowan Seabolt knew it needed to involve horses.
Rowan’s love for horses started in her younger years in Girl Scouts. But it was hard for her family growing up to afford all of her horse activities. So she found many creative ways to get involved in horse activities that didn’t cost a lot of money, including doing a school project on horses and visiting area barns and horse events. Rowan also was connected with Spirit Ranch, a horse therapy organization, and became a volunteer for them.
Rowan put this all together to form her Gold Award project, a summer camp program for children in the community who might not have the resources to have such an experience to explore the world around them and develop their passions. She partnered with Spirit Ranch to put on a three-day horse camp from Aug. 5th-7th for 10 disadvantaged children at Table Mountain Ranch in Golden. The camp and transportation was provided at no cost to the families thanks to support she solicited from the community.
“I love my horse ‘Joe.’ I like that he runs, is soft, nice and listens to me,” said one of the campers who hadn’t been horseback riding many times before camp.
When I showed up at the camp during its final hours, it was evident to me that this had been a memorable experience for these children. Their smiles were from ear-to-ear, but many were sad it was the last day and ‘wanted to come back tomorrow.’ During the camp week they had done a lot of riding, as well as playing horse games and learning about horse care. Their final project was painting a piece of a mural on the property to share their experience. Many of the campers drew pictures of the horses they rode and wrote messages on how much they loved them.
The curriculum Rowan developed will be carried on by Spirit Ranch in the future. Rowan is proud to have helped an organization that gave so much to her and provide a resource to help them expand and give back to the community even more.
“I am very proud of my project, and I know the campers’ parents were thankful for the experience too,” said Rowan. “I learned a lot. I learned how to deal with last minute changes, learned the power of planning ahead and how to contact strangers and ask them to help you with a project.”
Rowan has been involved in Girl Scouts since kindergarten. This summer her troop took a trip to Europe. One day Rowan hopes to be a veterinarian, while also pursuing her love of music. In a few weeks she will be entering her senior year at Westminster High School.
Submitted by Melinda Kay, Mountain Shadows, Colorado Springs
Last weekend I opened my front door and there was a white book sitting on my stoop. It was a cookbook made by the Mountain Shadows Juliette Girl Scout Juniors: Aimee, Brittney, Ella, Evan and Jill. The description stated that the cookbook was a gift from this troop for the Waldo Canyon Fire victims who lost their homes. My heart was so touched by this kind and selfless gesture. I wanted to make sure that the troop knows we received this great cookbook and that we will treasure it and use it often. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful gift and a pretty huge undertaking.
Yesterday Troop 4333 of Monument held a “yard sale” for all the victims of the Black Forest Fire.
They organized and advertised to receive donations of any sort from household items, kitchen items, animal supplies, furniture, pictures, toys, games, books and clothes. They received items throughout the weekend, receiving a gym full of stuff.
They sorted as best they could, then the people came and came and came. The victims of the Black Forest Fire could come and pick up what they needed and whatever they wanted from all of the donated items. They were amazing in their gratitude toward the girls, and the support that these girls did for their community was amazing and overwhelming to me. Some people came for one or two items, some for loads of stuff. One person I met cried as she picked up a quilt that was exactly like the one she had on her bed when her house burned down. I met another person that just wanted a robe and a laundry basket. How simple was that?
Troop 4333 also worked with the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary for pet supplies. They brought stuff from crates, soft and hard shelled to food, bedding and blankets.
While they still have some stuff left over from the donation/giveaway (as there is still quite a need) they did an amazing job working with their Principal, Mr. Wedel, and their community in the organization and execution of this wonderful out pouring of love and support.
I overheard one person thank a Girl Scout for doing this. The child looked her right in the eye and said “This is just what we do, you don’t have to thank us. We did it for you.”
I love this troop!!!
Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado
Submitted by Amy Ibarraa
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 11482 in Steamboat Springs and some Daisies and Brownies volunteered on Sunday, June 9, to plant trees as part of ReTree Steamboat. The trees were planted at Steamboat Ski Area where large sections of trees were devastated by the pine beetle epidemic. The efforts made by these volunteers will benefit generations in the future!
The beautiful grounds of the Penrose House Garden Pavilion are always a treat to visit annually when we hold our Highest Awards Celebration in Colorado Springs. On Tuesday evening, May 28th, we enjoyed a beautiful evening as we honored seven of this year’s Colorado Gold Award recipients as well as dozens of Silver and Bronze Award recipients. It was a great evening to hear how these recipients have gained leadership through earning one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards!
Information compiled and posted by Amanda Kalina, Director of Public Relations for Girl Scouts of Colorado, with assistance, including the videography and photography work, from Rachelle Trujillo, Chief Marketing Officer.
Our troop of 13 Juniors made 162 fluffy cat beds and 88 cat toys to donate to the Denver Dumb Friends League as our Take Action project. The troop worked together to identify a need in our community, contacted the necessary people, found out how we could help and got to work!
We very much enjoyed our field trip to the Dumb Friends League to drop off the items – staff there told us that our donation was the largest they had ever received at one time! We were happy to learn how to work together as a team to meet a need in our community.
Has reading about all of the amazing Highest Awardees this year inspired you to learn more about how you can earn one of these prestigious awards?
Here is a great 2-page overview of the awards and how Girl Scouts help make the world a better place through their projects. Highest Awards Overview (2013)
For Bronze and Silver, your approval (to start your project and for final completion) comes from the troop level – just fill out the Final Report form online when you’re done so we have record of your project (and then you can purchase your pins!). http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/girls/awards