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Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients March 2014!

Silver AwardAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Silver Award Recipients March 2014

Troop40195 – Colorado Springs
Alyssa Scaduto
Emily Schaad
Madeline Campbell
Mikala O’Flynn

Troop51219 – Evergreen
Bryce Civiello

Troop53465 – Denver
Elizabeth Meschia
Graciela Smet
Lauren Deanda

Troop62752 – Centennial
Audrey Dubler
Jessica Pulido
Katie Carothers
Madison Wacaser
Merrilyn Loadman-Copeland

Troop69619 – Highlands Ranch
Marissa Myer

Troop69646 – Northglenn
Addison O’Donnell

Troop70351 – Lafayette
Mikayla Frank-Martin

Troop70552 – Frederick
Carolanne Allen

Troop73488 – Longmont
Abigail Denning
Georgina Bell
Jordyn Blaha
Madison Manning
Marin Neuhard
Megan Bush
Sarah Freese
Trinity Brubaker

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from February 2014!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

  • Fort Collins, April 25. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 11.
  • Denver, April 29. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15.
  • Boulder, May 4. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 29.
  • Colorado Springs, May 29. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 22.

Bronze Award Recipients February 2014
 
Troop 40551 – Colorado Springs
Anjelina Castrejon
Essence Ward
Morgan Hebert
Shakyra Blue

Troop 41979 – Colorado Springs
Caitlin Lebakken
Emily Sandlin
Hope Arnold
Julia Schooley
Lauren Thoman
Makhaila Keown
Mariel Maione
Rayna White
Sarah Rasmussen
Sophia Schooley

Troop 41979 – Peyton
Isabella Albin

Troop 42111 – Colorado Springs
Alaisha Lemay
Arianna Tucker
Bryanna Doonan
Danielle Turner
Dionna Canty
Miquela Smith

Troop 43422 – Colorado Springs
Dana von Lehmden
Danielle de Leon
Emily Culbertson
Nicole Miller
Robin Lasswell

Troop 43479 – Colorado Springs
Hannah Svarverud

Troop 43580 – Colorado Springs
Aydenlee Stabel
Emily Tetrault
Jade Sablan
Missy Walker

Troop 44579 – Colorado Springs
Amelia Weldon
Brigid Hennessey
Brooke Ashbridge
Cara O’Leary
Erin Roderick
Hannah Sheridan
Holly White
Irelynn Parker
Kayleigh Von Hoene
Victoria Pappert

Troop 50596 – Arvada
Ashley McFarland
Lauryn Oldenburg

Troop 51564 – Littleton
Devin Keith
Kara Lerudis
Kennedy Solheim
Kiley Lawrence
Libby Matkins
Madison Bergman
Marisa Ross
Meghan Erbeck
Morgan Morrell
Riley Rosene
Sophia Drager
Summer Gehman
Taylor Chaplin

Troop 51823 – Arvada
Celia McNulty
Makayla Kinard

Troop 52493 – Evergreen
Megan Esterl

Troop 53185 – Littleton
Alexis Praska
Ella Myers
Grace Miller
Grace Ptak
Isabella Phippen
Jaxynn Simons
Kaitlyn Shepherd
Lilian Howerton
Madison Morrin
Prasamsha Kaini

Troop 53449 – Lakewood
Alexis Becker
Alycia Vigil
Amelia Carrillo
Brooklyn Niemi
Ciara Leal
Elaina Martinez
Jennifer Arredondo
Jessica Jimenez
Nzana Thillot
Rachel Medina-Gomez

Troop 62201 – Parker
Anita Silva
Caitlynn Carter
Kennedy Breda
Rachael Hamilton
Tyanna Fox

Troop 62521 – Parker
Sadie Krause

Troop 62856 – Highlands Ranch
Asha Kakuda
Ava Mount
Brianna Hughes
Elle Haller
Emily Sullivan
Georgia Hoekstra
Lauren Studdard
Sydney Collins

Troop 63505 – Highlands Ranch
Abigail Ulrich
Allison Miller
Elise Cary
Emily Lucker
Madison Weitzel

Troop 63888 – Parker
Ashlee Taylor
Carissa Wecker
Emily Salter
Hailee Collier
Hannah Reynolds
Megan Kane
Stella Hostin
Taylor Ellison

Troop 71382 – Louisville
Josette Hauser
Rory Sweedler

Troop 72469 – Johnstown
Alanna Daniel
Brinley Smith
Hope Jackson
Joya Haskin
Lainey Lowery
Michalyn Genau
Skylar Daniel

Troop 73265 – Erie
Camille Arnold-Mages
Jasmyne Williams

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients February 2014!

Silver AwardAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

  • Fort Collins, April 25. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 11.
  • Denver, April 29. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15.
  • Boulder, May 4. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 29.
  • Colorado Springs, May 29. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 22.

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Silver Award Recipients February 2014
 
Troop 34105 – Pueblo
Jasmine Hollingsworth
Mariah Cordova
Megan Mayo
Morgan Patton

Troop 40144 – Colorado Springs
Amani Monroe
Doris Carroll
Emily Ouellette
Laura Livelli
Lillian Vandeweghe
Madyson Craver
Makenna Sauer
Maria Carrero
Megan Hennessey
Sarah Wettemann

Troop 40551 – Colorado Springs
Alexia Lucero
Alexys Townsend
Emily Grant
Lydia Donahue
Mercedes Melendez

Troop 42086 – Colorado Springs
Adrielle Baker
Elysia Tuttle
Faith Parker
Kearra Hahne
Mollie Metts
Victoria Grossman

Troop 50031 – Thornton
Anika Malone
Apoorva Seth
Bethani Hartman
Carissa Flores
Hailey Bickford
Josephine Martin
Madchen Craig
Olivia Johnson
Quinn Halgrimson
Samantha Martin
Shaela Burkert
Stephanie Hardee

Troop 51303 – Littleton
Claire Gibson
Lillian Mullen

Troop 53302 – Golden
Lucy Bennett

Troop 60054 – Aurora
Gracelyn Gutierrez
Mariana Zerr

Troop 60193 – Littleton
Anna Poelma
Ashley Mcferrin
Daphne Salisbury

Troop 61059 – Aurora
Addison Meyer
Aubrey Berger
Brooklin Banks
Jenice Bates
Keiondra Wilkerson
Kennedy Soureka
Sunsiray Fields

Troop 61791 – Highlands Ranch
Abrianna Desmond
Justine Monsell

Troop 61951 – Highlands Ranch
Alexis Brooker
Allyson Story
Fiorella Carlassare
Kaitlyn Krason

Troop 62573 – Centennial
Annie Morrison
Elizabeth Kahalley
Emily Fairbairn
Gwyneth Ormes
Jenna Link
Rachel Moes
Victoria Delate

Troop 62677 – Highlands Ranch
Jillian Holladay
Rachel Flin

Troop 62699 – Aurora
Alyson Ranucci
Mariah Byers
Sydne Wiederspan
Tatyana Bull

Troop 69619 – Highlands Ranch
Hannah Moore

Troop 70480 – Niwot
Kayleigh Limbach

Troop 70552 – Frederick
Hannah Stewart

Troop 71245 – Fort Collins
Annie Nay
Jenjira Siripachana
Jessa Salvador
Katherine Carlson

Troop 71619 – Lafayette
Claire Hankla
Emily Moore
Hannah Topliss
Jessica Shuler

Fort Collins Girl Scout named 7 Everyday Hero

Girl Scouts of Colorado is extremely proud that Fort Collins Girl Scout Lauren Schneider has been named a 7 Everyday Hero for her work in earning the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award! The 7 Everyday Hero is a community hero award program managed through ABC Channel 7 in Denver.

For her Gold Award project, Lauren created hundreds of Med-Bugs to give to children at area hospitals. The inspiration for her project was a hospital stay she had as a child. “I spent a month being treated at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. I was terrified and many days the activities and small gifts made me feel less scared,” said Lauren.

The countless hours Lauren spent on earning this prestigious Girl Scout honor is chronicled on a Facebook page she put together.

Pikes Peak area Girl Scouts help victims of Black Forest Fire

It is very heartwarming seeing the difference Colorado Girl Scouts make in their communities, especially during the holidays.

Right after Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts of Colorado received a very nice note from a recipient of a Thanksgiving food basket. This individual had lost their home during the Black Forest Fire, and was touched to learn through a little note in their basket that the bread had been baked by local Girl Scouts.

After digging a little further on this story, I found out that this is a service project that the Girl Scouts in the Pikes Peak area have done for more than 16 years! This year Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 3740 baked the bread, which was given to Tri-Lake Cares for their holiday food baskets for those in need. Recently on Dec. 8th, the troop of 20 girls, who are from five different high schools in Monument and the Colorado Springs area, baked 60 loaves of homemade yeast bread for the food baskets for Christmas. This troop has  baked bread every Thanksgiving and Christmas for more than six years.

Their troop leader, Cindy Petersen, asked the girls what Girl Scouts meant to them during the baking party on Sunday, here are some of their responses:

  • Girl Scouts is your family away from your biological family that you love to get together with!
  • Girl Scouts is a safe place where you can ask for advice and guidance.
  • Girl Scouts is where we do amazing things within our community to help others.
  • Girls Scouts has given me many life skills which I will take into my adult life, like great leadership skills.
  • Girl Scouts helped me get my first job.
  • Girl Scouts is great to have on your college applications.
  • Girl Scouts has given me more confidence to try new things.
  • Girl Scouts has given me lots of sisters to have fun with!

Nice work to Troop 3740 on carrying on a tradition of meaningful Girl Scout service to the community!

Story on this project in Fresh Ink/Colorado Springs Gazette

December Program Spotlight: Take Action and Community Service

Empowering girls to Take Action in their communities is one of the 10 essential elements of Girl Scouting. Girls want to know they can make a difference in the world around them—which is what you’ll help them do as you guide them on the Take Action project they do as a part of each Journey. To find out how other girls are helping their communities, check out the online Map It! tool, where girls can post their Take Action and Bronze/Silver/Gold award projects (and submit your projects too!).

Girl Scouts often do both community service and Take Action projects. Both kinds of projects help communities in different ways. To complete a Journey, girls need to do a Take Action project (which some organizations call service learning). Click here to download the Community Service and Service Learning: What’s the Difference? handout to find out more.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Resources:

Activity Finder > Community Service Ideas: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activities/community-service-activities

For Girls > Take Action/Earn Highest Awards Info: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards

Take Action Wall of Fame – Share Your Stories too!: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wall-of-fame

Girl Scouts Forever Green – enter your project & measure the impact: www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen/default.asp

National Leadership Awards – for 6th-12th grade: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/national-leadership-awards

  •      Service to Community Bar – council level approval
  •      Service to Girl Scouting Bar – leader approval
  •      Torch Award – leader approval

Looking for Community Service Project Ideas?

NONPROFIT FINDER – Looking for a kid or family-friendly service project at your favorite non-profit?  Need to know who best to contact at your favorite organization? Here is a great resource from the Young Philanthropists Foundation that may help point you in the right direction. Also, are you curious about how best to create a meaningful service project? Here is a great brochure on the subject, also provided by YPF.

Girl Scout Highest Awards Information:

Take Action Training (for troop leaders) – December 14 in Pueblo: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1509

Gold Award Webinar (for girls) – December 15 online/phone: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1531

Gold Award Training (for girls) – January 12 in Denver: online registration coming soon

Take Action Training (for troop  leaders) – winter/spring TBD in the Mountain Communities

National Young Women of Distinction (NYOWD) is the designation, and special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award from May 1, 2012 to March 1, 2014 is eligible to apply for nominee consideration.  Download more information and the application here: 2014YWODGirlApplicationGuidelines. Watch inspiring videos of girls who received this special honor last year: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo8HvpJAszs

Gold Award Committee Members Needed Statewide – contact highest.awards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT

BRONZE AWARD

GIRL SCOUT

SILVER AWARD

GIRL SCOUT

GOLD AWARD

PROGRAM LEVEL

 Junior4TH & 5TH   grade  Cadette6th, 7th   & 8th grade Senior/Ambassador9th-12th   grade

PREREQUISITES

 one Journey  one Journey  Silver Award and one   Journey OR two Journeys

PLAN SUBMISSION

 None  None  Yes, through GSUSA Web   App

PROJECT APPROVAL

 Leader/advisor  Leader/advisor  Gold Award Committee   interview required before starting project

PROJECT TO BENEFIT

 Girl Scouts or Community  Community  Community

COMMUNITY ADVISOR

Optional Suggested Required

NUMBER OF GIRLS

 Troop/group  2 to 4  Individual

FINAL REFLECTION

 Yes,   turned in to troop leader/advisor, no council approval  Yes,   turned in to troop leader/advisor, no council approval  GSUSA Web   App + final presentation to Gold Award Committee

NOTIFICATION

 Troop   leader or girl to complete online in eBiz  Troop   leader or girl to complete online in eBiz  GSUSA Web   Application

CELEBRATION

 eBiz submission complete by   celebration registration deadline (varies by region) – March 1 to be included   in printed booklet.  eBiz submission complete by   celebration registration deadline (varies by region) – March 1 to be included   in printed booklet.  Final project submitted   online by March 1 to be included in spring celebrations, printed booklet, and   annual day at the capitol.

DEADLINES

You must still be a Junior to earn this award – 4th or 5th
grade. You have the summer after 5th grade to complete your award,
and council must be notified by September 30. (You become a Cadette October 1st
of 6th grade.)
 You must still be a Cadette to earn this award – 6th, 7th,
or 8th grade. You have the summer after 8th grade to
complete your award, and council must be notified by September 30. (You become
a Senior October 1st of 9th grade).
  You must still be a girl member to earn this award. The final
deadline for presentations and projects to be approved is September 30th the
year you graduate high school – you have the summer after you graduate to
complete your project and give your final presentation. (You become and adult
member October 1st after high school).

PIN PURCHASED BY

 Troop/parent (through eBiz   registration, $8.50)  Troop/parent (through eBiz   registration, $8.50)  Council

SUSTAINABILITY

 Discuss  Plan  Provide

MONEY EARNING

 Troop money earning   checklist  Troop money earning   checklist  Troop money earning   checklist

Girl Scouts make a global difference

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View more photos from the event

On Saturday, Nov. 16, more than 300 Colorado Girl Scouts gathered at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora to assemble medical kits for families in need in Guatemala.

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with Project C.U.R.E. on this event. All participants brought items, such as antibiotic ointment, bandages, lice shampoo, scissors and toothbrushes, for the Kits of Kids or Infant Cure Kits that they assembled at the event. The group assembled more than 600 kits, which will now travel with doctors and nurses from Children’s Hospital Colorado to Guatemala to fulfill local medical needs.

To help the Girl Scouts understand the medical needs and challenges facing families in Guatemala, participants also took part in some hands-on activities at the event, including learning more about water filtration and clean water, basic first aid, the importance of hand washing and proper nutrition. This event fulfilled the requirements for Girl Scouts to earn the Girl Scout Global Action Award. Each Girl Scout who completes the Global Action Award joins the international movement through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts of 10 million girls who together are sowing the seeds of social change.

This event had been planned well in advance of the devastation in the Philippines due to Typhoon Haiyan. But the concepts taught to the Girl Scouts through this event helped them understand how they can be engaged and responsible global citizens. Girl Scouts is proud to help the United Nations to reach their Millennium Development Goals for reducing world poverty and making an impact on major world concerns.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Colorado, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org. There is still time to sign up a girl in your life between K-12 grade to be a part of Girl Scouts and be part of the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program. Volunteers are also needed to serve as troop leaders and help out at events. Both men and women over the age of 18 who want to make a difference in the life of a girl are encouraged to get involved as a Girl Scout volunteer.

Article in YourHub/Denver Post Denver and Aurora

Aurora Channel 8 covered the event for their 11/19 newscast (see the 13 minute mark of the video below):

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Arvada troop donates veggies to food bank

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Submitted by Nancy Schott
Arvada

In early October 2013 Troop 2749, Seniors and Ambassadors from Arvada, picked 30 bags of vegetables at Miller Farms in Weld County. We picked corn, potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, turnips, eggplant, chilies, and pumpkins. We shared them with family and donated 48 pounds of veggies to the Arvada Community Food Bank.

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

Service Awards for Girl Scouts

It’s the time of year to be honored for your wonderful take action and community service projects at a National level. Below is information about 4 awards. Some have deadlines coming up quickly! Contact highest.awards@gscolorado.org if you have general questions about these awards.

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: This award is for girls who have provided significant community service over the past year. Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, thousands of Girl Scouts have been recognized for their acts of volunteerism over the past 18 years. Top winners receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC in May 2014. Girls should apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp/org/spirit. Applications must be submitted online by November 5, 2013. If you have questions or need a paper version of the application, call 877-525-8491. GSCO will select up to 8 girls in grades 5-8 and 1 girl in grades 9-12.
  • Olave Award: Every Triennium the World Board gives this international take action award in honor of the memory of the World Chief Guide, Olave, Lady Baden-Powell to keep alive her believe in the spirit of service. The award is given to Girl Guides/Girl Scouts who have contributed to positive change in the community by taking action. The Take Action Project can be long or short-term, of any size, within their home country or abroad. This triennium, the Olave Award will recognize projects that are focused on improving education for girls and young women around the world. Each council may select one Take Action project that occurred in 2012-2013 GSUSA will select the top take action project submitted to represent our national organization. Please submit the olave-award-nominations-form-2014 to GSCO by October 31: highest.awards@gscolorado.org. Read more:  Olave Award 2012-2014
  • National Young Women of Distinction: National Young Woman of Distinction (NYOWD) is the designation, and special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award from May 1, 2012 to March 1, 2014 is eligible to apply to her Girl Scout council or USAGSO for nominee consideration. Each council reviews the applications they receive, and selects up to three nominees. Councils are responsible for submitting their nominations to GSUSA by March 31, 2014 A panel of corporate and community leaders will assist GSUSA in choosing the ten NYWOD from the pool of nominees to be announced next summer. Download more information and the application here: 2014YWODGirlApplicationGuidelines. Watch inspiring videos of girls who received this special honor last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo8HvpJAszs
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award: Awards are given to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours. Lifetime achievement is recognized with a special President’s Call to Service Award, which honors those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service during the course of their lifetime. Girl Scouts of Colorado is a nominating agency. Applications for this award are ongoing. For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.

Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities – Bear Creek Lake

Flood conditions have created unique volunteer opportunities for Girl Scout Troops at Bear Creek Lake Park.

http://www.9news.com/news/article/357067/188/Bear-Creek-Lake-Park-keeps-acres-of-flood-water-from-homes-downstream

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.

Contact Bear Creek Lake Park here: http://www.lakewood.org/ContactUs/

Thank you to Judy Moisey-Asay, a dedicated boating volunteer, who brought this to our attention.