We were so excited that the season was extended that we upped our goal by 1,000! The ticket was in one of the extra cases we got and she opened it up during one of the first booths we did this season. My daughter was beyond excited to have found it!
Troop Goal: 2,500 packages
Hometown Hero: Denver Health
Girl Scout troops statewide have found golden, silver, and bronze tickets in cases of cookies that they picked up at area cupboards since the beginning of March! More tickets are out there. Check your cases of cookies when you pick up your Hometown Hero cookies. Learn more here.
In January 2020, Julia, Katie, Meera, and Victoria from Troop 63787 started their Silver Award project with goals to build a community garden and incorporate recycled objects. Their vision was to provide access to free, fresh produce for everyone, and to have the garden be a welcoming, safe space for all to enjoy. The process of starting a community garden from scratch would have been a daunting project on its own so they were glad they were able to partner with Joyful Journeys to refurbish their existing community garden at the Northglenn Christian Church.
However, the pandemic struck just as they were about to transition from the planning to the implementation phase. The girls were able to overcome this unexpected challenge and were still able to persevere to create a beautiful, thriving garden. They learned to collaborate with one another via Zoom and develop a plan that they could each be a part of and execute while socially distanced. They also faced an additional challenge of a shorter growing season this year (a late start due to the stay-at-home order and an early deep freeze in September). Despite this pitfall, they still managed to donate 400 pounds of produce which benefited the Northglenn Christian Church food bank, Joyful Journeys, and local families.
With donations received from Lowe’s and Pioneer in Northglenn, the girls made some functional and aesthetic improvements to the garden. In addition, the girls worked independently to make additions to the garden using recycled objects. These include signs and a vertical planter built from recycled pallet wood and beautiful garden theme art made from plastic recyclables. The girls also documented all the things they learned about gardening throughout this project and prepared on-site instructions for volunteers and a comprehensive handbook provided to Joyful Journeys for future reference.
We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.
Samantha, Abby, Eden, and Aleaha from Troop 62511 partnered with the City of Thornton to complete construction on an archery range that is ADA accessible and available for everyone to use. They designed and completed construction on 12 target stands and six bow hangers to support the range.
When the girls decided that this was a project they cared about, they reached out to their local city council members, who connected them to the city parks and recreation department. They secured all of the materials needed through a local lumber company (Alpine Lumber) and got to work.
The girls planned their design with the intention of promoting the sport of archery for its mental focus and physical benefits. They also wanted to complete a project that was accessible to everyone. The girl’s designs allowed for easy reach of the equipment and the city worked with the girls to provide grounds to achieve this.
The archery range is free to use and is located at 5990 E 100th Ave, Thornton, CO 80229 at the Spratt Lake Finishing Facility.
The girls are working to plan and lead a day camp next summer. This will be a great facility to allow them to offer experiences with the sport!
A special thank you to Reporter Tori Mason of CBS4/KCNC-TV for her story about the girls’ project. Watch it here!
Alanna from Troop 62816 completed her Silver Award project, Stress Relief Kits for Kids. She put together kits to help relieve stress during COVID. She made videos on how each activity worked and teamed up with the Adams 12 school district to distribute her kits during free lunch distribution hours during the summer! She also worked with a few local troops, teaching younger Girl Scouts how to do the activities that help relieve stress.
Jaedyn and Emma from Troop 62816 completed their Silver Award project, Little Angels! The girls created an annual clean-up day in their community for a local cemetery in Brighton. They learned how to properly restore a grave from the cemetery manager to help maintain the headstone placement. They got a boulder donated and engraving donated to mark with “Little Angels” for the baby section of the cemetery. The girls paid for with their troop money a new sign in English and Spanish for the cemetery. The cemetery also allowed the girls to help complete and organize their veteran list, so they can properly place flags and wreaths for years to come. The girls inspired the cemetery to plant a new tree and install a bench for loved ones to come and visit their little angel that has passed.
Rayannin from Troop 62816 completed her Silver Award project, binx blankets! She received fabric donations and learned how to sew. She created kitten blankets for adopted kittens. The blankets went to Blue Sky Animal Hospital, which gives medical care for kittens through the Colorado Kitty Coalition!
Alison from Troop 62816 completed her Silver Award project by collecting, painting, and sealing rocks for educators. A painted rock with inspiration was given to each staff member at her school and included a rock to pass on kindness to someone who needed a positive message!
Kaitlin and Skylar from Troop 62816 completed their Silver Award project by working with Good Shepherd Methodist Church in Thornton to place a little library near their garden section. The girls’ work included landscaping, cement work, assembly of the structure, painting, and collecting books!
For our Silver Award project, we would like to bring awareness to the neglect of older graves in some cemeteries. On November 7 and 8, 2020, we invite other Girl Scouts to go and clean up graves in their local cemetery!