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Westminster Girl Scout shares her love of horses

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.

A story about this project appeared in the Westminster YourHub/Denver Post 

Girl Scout Cookbook helps those in need

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.

Girl Scouts help with Black Forest Fire relief

From Terri Dayton

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

Planting a forest

 

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Submitted by Amy Ibarraa
Steamboat Springs

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!

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

Girl Scouts Highest Awardees honored in Colorado Springs

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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!

Learn more about our 2013 Highest Awards season on the blog we wrote after the Highlands Ranch event in April.

A video capturing the essence of the Colorado Springs event, especially personal remarks from each of the Gold Awardees honored, can be viewed below.

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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.

Take Action project for Troop 899 helps animals

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Submitted by Teri Lindsey
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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.

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

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Highest Awards Overview

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 

For Gold, once you’ve finished your pre-requisites, submit the Gold Award Proposal online to get started. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/gold-award

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Girl Scouts take a stand against online bullying

I know I’ve said this a million times, but truly one of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to work directly with the girls, learn how they are making a difference and share that with the community.

Yesterday I had the great honor of attending a Silver Award presentation with Girl Scout Cadette Troop 51427 in Lakewood. The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn at the middle school level, and just like all the Girl Scout Highest Awards, works to create sustainable change in the community.

The project that Troop 51427 undertook was very impressive. After being the victims of the frequent form of bullying in today’s society, online bullying, the four girls in this troop wanted to help the younger generation learn early on what they can do to protect themselves.

“I was bullied on the Internet through places like Facebook. I want others to have a better experience online. Being online is suppose to be fun,” said one of the members of the troop, Eilish Brennan, 13, who attends Creighton Middle School.

The troop partnered with Cheezo, which is the mascot of the online educational and safety program of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. These attorney’s have been fighting the xarelto lawsuit, if you or someone you know have been taking this medicine then check out the Side Effects of Xarelto. Members of Troop 51427 had heard Cheezo presentations at their school in the past, and knew the partnership would be beneficial for their project. The troop also had taken Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Power Up bullying prevention training, and the information learned in that training also helped with their project.

In April the troop organized an evening for the elementary school most of them had attended, Vivian Elementary, where they taught the students, through age-appropriate, real-life scenario skits, how to stay safe online.

“What’s so impressive about this project is these girls took this topic to a whole new level,” said Det. Mike Harris, who created and leads the Cheezo program along with his wife, Det. Cassandra Harris. “Kids are misusing online tools every day, and it is a life changing event. When we give our presentations we hope kids are listening. These girls did and took our presentation seriously, and are now making a positive, long lasting influence on other kids.”

In addition to the April event the girls also created a mural at the school so that the conversation on this important topic can continue.

“I am very proud to know I’ve made a difference,” said another troop member Amber Anderson, 13, who also attends Creighton Middle School.

The Denver Post’s YourHub also interviewed the girls at this event, and ran a story in their June 6th edition.

Inspirational evening honoring Colorado’s Girl Scout Highest Awardees

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What an evening we had in Highlands Ranch at St. Andrew United Methodist Church on Monday, April 29th, as we honored some of the 1,000 Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of the Highest Awards in Girl Scouts in 2013.

One of the most inspirational moments of the evening for me was seeing several Gold Awardees (Kelsey Coker, Juliana Burton and Ellie Wroble) who I have known since I started working at Girl Scouts in 2004. I was also very touched by the speech given by Kim Crawford, with help from her older sister Cassidy. I’ve gotten to know Kim, who is developmentally delayed, and her family over the last couple of months as we’ve shared her Gold Award and Girl Scout story. Her spirit for Girl Scouts and her Gold Award project touches my heart! Seeing the leadership that all of these girls have gained through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience reminds me that this organization’s work makes a big difference. And I’m very proud to be part of this movement, both as a staff member and Girl Scout alumna (and proud Gold and Silver Award recipient too :)).

The best way to capture the essence of the evening is to view the photos (link above) and video (see below) we took at the event. Also, be sure to check out the 2013 Celebration Program, and vote for your favorite Gold Award project on our blog .

Congratulations to our 2013 Highest Award recipients! You are an inspiration to us all!

Media coverage on our Gold Awardees (as of 4/30/13):

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Girl Scout Gold Awardees visit Colorado State Capitol

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On Monday, April 8th, 11 of this year’s 38 Colorado Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from throughout state (yes, even one from Montrose was there) visited the State Capitol in Denver. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts.

The girls had a chance to sit on the floor of the House of Representatives as well as take a tour of the capitol grounds, among other activities. Many of the recipients family members joined them for the visit.

Colorado’s House of Representatives also read information on the floor about this year’s Gold Award recipients during their business of the day on Monday. Additionally Fox 31/CW2 TV out of Denver covered this event for their newscasts and the Girl Scouts of the USA Blog ran information on these events too.

We are so proud of this year’s recipients! Look for more information on the blog and website soon about this year’s projects. (In fact we will be having you vote on your favorite project(s) of 2013!) For a list of this year’s honorees and more information on the Gold Award, visit the press release section of our website.

And to get a sneak peek into this year’s Gold Awardees and their projects, view the video we shot on Monday with interviews with some of this year’s honorees.

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Did you earn your Gold Award/highest award in Girl Scouts? This summer Girl Scouts will be organizing a Gold Award Alliance Directory. Look for more information coming soon, but, in the meantime, here is the preliminary information.