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Gold Award Girl Scout: Audrey Pass, Thornton, “Your body, your choice”

What did you do for your Gold Award?

When starting this project, I did not really have a great idea of what I wanted to do or what was needed in my community. This soon was not a problem as I began to take a political science class through my school. This political science class was all about talking about what was going on in the world around you and why it was happening, as well as why it was a problem. This class got me very interested in one topic: sexual assault.

Sexual assault in more recent years has been talked about all over the news and brought up, but not really talked about. When talking about all the sexual assault cases that had occurred in recent years and how much I truly did not know about the topic in general, it got me thinking. If I did not know all these things, chances are young adults my age probably did not either. So, I decided to complete my Gold Award Project on this topic. I got together with detectives/ victims’ advocates to get accurate and sensitive information and I created a website and video going over the options and process people have when they go in to make a report. I think it was an important topic and project and I believe people got a lot out of my project.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

At my event I spoke about many different aspects of my project that I believed were important. I gave some facts and then I had people fill out my survey. My survey was designed to be filled out before and after people watched my video and included questions that I discussed in my video. This was to get an idea of how much people knew before they watched my video and how much they knew after to get an idea of how much people learned.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project will be sustained beyond my involvement through my old high school health teacher. She has agreed to work my video into her curriculum to teach these young adults, taking health, about sexual assault. I think a health class is the perfect place to show my video, as well as a high school. It will get these young adults aware of sexual assault and hopefully talking about the topic.

I thought that a high school would be the perfect setting to be the place where my project lives past my involvement. The first perfect part is that high school is full of young adults, which is the targeted age of my project. I thought that the age group that really needed to learn about my project the most were high school/ college age students, so by taking place in high school this takes care of that part. The second part that I thought would be perfect is that in high school news travels fast. You hear something in class, and you go and tell a friend, then suddenly a chain is created. Hopefully by default, this will also happen with my project.

What is your projects global and/ or national connection?

I have reached out too many organizations out of state that show a global part to my project. I made a website where I included my video, different statistics, and resources for people to go to make a report. I shared this website online through many different people as well as social media sites. Also, on my website I have a comment section where people can get on and tell me where they are viewing my website from. This helps me to show me how far my website is making it across the country. I have already gotten many responses from places like Idaho, Georgia, Ohio, and Indiana. I plan to keep sharing my website to continue reaching many places around the United States.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this process I grew, in the form of being more assertive and demanding of what I needed to get done. As my project began to wrap up, I noticed that people were not responding and I was not getting things done on my timeline, as they needed to be. I began to become more vocal with what I wanted/ needed to complete my project on time.

I also grew in the form of being more confident in my public speaking skills, and even talking to people I did not know. Before this project and even a little into this project, I was very shy. I did not like to talk to people I did not know on the phone, or even in person but this very quickly changed. From meeting people in person like the detectives and my mentor to talking on the phone with people I needed help from I became more comfortable in my ability. I also became more comfortable with public speaking. I still very much do not like it, but my project definitely helped in the form of pushing me outside my comfort zone, due to the initial proposal and my event.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award will greatly impact me in the future in the form of being more motivated and self-sufficient. Throughout this project, I had to be very self-dependent to be able to finish my project. There was no one holding my hand or telling me what needed to be done, so I had to improve my time management and ability to self-motivate.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

Girl Scouts was a huge impact in my life, but earning the Gold Award was very important to my time in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts has taught me some very important lessons, but the Gold Award allowed me to draw on personal experience and hands on learning. It led me to be self-motivated as well as independent, which will help me greatly later in life.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L?

The Gold Award helped me be a go-getter because before starting this project, I lacked the ability to really go after things I wanted. After my project, I became very motivated and gained the ability to become social with what I wanted.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Girls night out

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Join Troop 66742 on December 20, 2019 anytime from 5 – 10 p.m. at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn 80233) for an exciting night of fun while your parents enjoy a night out or get some holiday shopping done! Girls can choose to play games, craft, earn a few badges, watch movies, and more!

Make a Christmas present for your family, shop our holiday store, or just enjoy a night of FUN!

Cost is $12 per girl.

Additional dinner option is $5 (includes two pieces of pizza and a drink)

Parents: We have gift wrappers who can wrap any of your presents for tips! So, bring your gifts and enjoy some fun with the girls while you wait for your presents to be wrapped or drop them off with your Girl Scout(s) and pick them up when you’re ready! All proceeds will go towards our travel squad’s Costa Rica 2020 tour and/or our Europe 2023 tour.

Badge options include:

Daisy: Eco Learner, Honest and Fair Petal, and Outdoor Art Maker

Brownie: Dancer, Fair Play, Making Friends, and Painter

Junior: Girl Scout Way, Scribe, and Social Butterfly

Use this link to register/learn more about the event: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/troop-66742-travel-squad 

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Brownie Fun Day (Journey in a Day)

Submitted by Mandy Boos

Metro Denver

Thornton

Join Troop 66778 for a Fun Day where your Girl Scout Brownie(s) will earn their “World of Girls” Journey!

Where: Adams County Fairgrounds Al Lesser Building at 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton 80601

When: November 2, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Cost: $8/girl (includes a fun patch and snack) Must Purchase Tickets by 10/18/2019.

Ticket purchase: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/the-woods-service-unit-646

What to bring: Water bottle, snack for your Brownie(s) with food allergies, sack lunch (no fridge access), and NEW pet supplies or food for Broomfield FISH.

A parent or leader is required to stay with each girl.

There will be refreshments and food for purchase.

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Daisy Fun Day (Journey in a Day)

Submitted by Kalli Huffman

Metro Denver

Thornton

Join Troop 66742 for a Fun Day where your Girl Scout Daisy (or Daisies) will earn their “Flower Garden” Journey!

Where: Adams County Fairgrounds Al Lesser Building at 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton 80601

When: November 2, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Cost: $8/girl (includes a fun patch and snack) Must Purchase Tickets by 10/18/2019.

Ticket purchase: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/the-woods-service-unit-646

What to bring: Water bottle, snack for your Daisy (or Daisies) with food allergies, and gently-used men’s clothing or new men’s socks/underwear for the Denver Homeless Coalition.

A parent or leader is required to stay with each girl.

There will be refreshments and food for purchase.

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Get your tickets for “Donuts with Grown-Ups” by September 28

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Troop 66742 invites you to attend our all inclusive event, “Donuts with Grown-ups!” All parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends, and whomever you can bring are welcome to attend! Enjoy some quality time with your loved ones while drinking Starbucks coffee and eating VooDoo Donuts or Einstein Bagels! We will have prizes, play table trivia, have a crafting station, and MORE! This family-friendly event will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds in the Waymire Dome Rendevous Rooms at 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton 80601 from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

The cost is $6 per person without a patch or $8 per person with a patch! The last day to purchase tickets is September 28. The link to purchase tickets is https://my.cheddarup.com/c/the-woods-service-unit-646.

If you have any questions, please call or text (720) 384 – 8420.

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Gold Award Girl Scout: Lauren Kettler, Thornton, “Popsicles of Positivity”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Popsicles of Positivity is a program that was created to help teach middle school-aged students about the need for kindness.  But, why is there a need for kindness?  One in seven students from K-12th grade are bullied, according to the http://antibullyinginstitute.org.  To defend these students from the threat of bullying, they need to learn kindness and perspective.  Popsicles of Positivity is a program that is designed to be a short activity that can be integrated into other programs.  The reason behind this theory is to help better fit into a class period or the time period of club or group.  While working on other programs, I have found that long programs have little effect on middle school-aged students, and they learn better when the subject matter is consolidated.  Through this program students will be focusing on dignity, bullying, self-kindness, and external kindness.  This program is a stepping stone to help students develop understanding and create habits of kindness.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I measured impact mainly through pre and post surveys to see how well each student understood the concept presented. After each presentation, I reworked Popsicles of Positivity to make the program better.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

I have two confirmation letters from Immaculate Heart of Mary and Tomahawk Ranch saying that they will continue Popsicles of Positivity and implement the program into their curriculum. But, also the lessons in Popsicles of Positivity were created to make life long habits which will extend past the program into the student’s daily lives.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I was able to create a website that has all of my teaching outlines and other resources called https://popsicleofpositivity.weebly.com/. I have also been able to share my project with my service unit, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Tomahawk Ranch, and Rocky Top Middle School.

What did you learn about yourself?

I am a perfectionist.  I had the assumption before my Gold Award that I wanted my work to be better than most people’s work.  But, the realization didn’t really hit me until I flat out didn’t want to do my Gold Award project anymore, because in my head it would not be good enough.  I was so hesitant to start and finish my project, because I felt like if I didn’t do it right the first time, then what was the point in trying at all?   After my first presentation to the Kindness Club at Rocky Top Middle School, I felt like even more of a failure, because to me what I was saying did not feel inspirational.  After speaking with my youth group, I felt dismayed that the middle school students were giving me blank stares the whole time.  https://popsicleofpositivity.weebly.com/  felt too simple to me and not good enough for anyone to actually use.  After looking at another girl’s Gold Award project in my troop, in my mind, mine did not seem like it was showing any significant signs of change. Explaining the idea of Popsicles of Positivity to friends did not sound inspirational enough.  In my mind I felt like if someone else were to do my project, they would have easily been able to do it in a week or two.  I was working in an environment that constantly made me feel like I was not good enough to earn my Gold Award. Ironically, I was going against the ideas that I was preaching to the students.  I was being such a hypocrite and I was acting in this way until I took a step back and asked for help.

It is extremely hard for me to ask for help.  I have always been the person with the answers and level-headed solutions.  But my own head was spinning so much that having an unbiased idea about my project and how to define success was extremely hard, almost impossible.  Sitting down and telling my mom all my struggles was tedious.  I came to the realization that I had so much misery connected with my project that even explaining my situation was difficult.  It took multiple days of thinking and processing my struggles to conclude that I was over critiquing myself.  But it took even longer to believe that my project was impacting other people’s lives.  Only after having talks with my Gold Award  Advisor and Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director Monica Gray, did I realize that my project could flourish into something grander than what my imagination could create.  They were both able to explain to me that any project or idea is a process, of course nothing will be perfect at first, but that is the beauty of imperfection.  The lack of perfection, the first time through shows how much we learn the second and third time through.  I know now that if my project did not affect anyone else, it at least changed me for the better.  It taught me that I am not perfect, nor will I ever be.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

I have learned many skills through my Gold Award including risk-taking, understanding perfectionism, and perseverance. Each skill is very important to shape me in the future. Being able to explore new ideas while embracing the unknown. Understanding myself as I become an adult. And understand what it means to try and try again because that is more important than perfection.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I think sometimes people don’t take Girl Scouting seriously, people are very surprised when at the age of 18, I say that I am still in Girl Scouts. The most common response that I get is that “Isn’t Girl Scouts for little girls?” The common assumption is that Girl Scouts if for elementary-aged girls not for middle, high school, or adult aged women. As I grew up through Girl Scouting, I learned many skills and had a lot of experiences, yet none of my peers took the idea of Girl Scouts seriously. Once I started working on my Gold Award, the title of a Girl Scout gained some weight. I was now changing my community past selling cookies, I was able to work with students to make them better people, teach them how to be kind and trustworthy people. I hope that my small impact may change at least a few ideas of what Girl Scouting is and the true meaning of what we do.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

The main skill that I learned through my Gold Award is risk-taking. Seeing that I am a perfectionist I constantly strive to make everything right the first time around. I get very nervous and disappointed when things don’t turn out how they are supposed to the first time around. So when my first presentation didn’t go how I wanted it to I wanted to quit right there. To me there was no point in trying again because the next presentation would end up the same way. I had to get over my fears of failure, take a risk, and try again. Without my decision to take risks, I would not have earned my Gold Award.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Donuts with Grown-Ups

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Come all Girl Scouts and their friends and families to Donuts with Grown-Ups!

When: October 12, 2019 10 a.m. – Noon

Where:

Adams County Fair Grounds Waymire Dome

9755 Henderson Rd.,

Brighton, CO 80601

Cost: $8 per person(includes a fun patch)

Tickets must be purchased by September 28 via https://the-woods-service-unit-646.cheddarup.com

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Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Barr Lake

Submitted by Ana Lucia Martin del Campo

Metro Denver

Thornton

We went to Barr Lake State Park to celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. The girls did rock climbing and had a wonderful time. For one of the girls, it was her first time rock climbing. All of them were brave. We had never been to Barr Lake State Park. Now, we are planning to return to explore and learn more.

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Camp Coco at Magic Sky Ranch

Submitted by Charity Haviland

Metro Denver

Thornton

Come learn about Mexican culture by experiencing the music, crafts, and food at Camp CoCo at Magic Sky Ranch November 1-3, 2019. Register online at http://girlscouts65792.org.

Cost: $120 per Girl Scout and $45 per troop leader and other adults required to meet the Safety Wise Ratio for your troop. Additional adults, beyond Safety Wise Ratio, are $100 each. Cost includes all materials for onsite crafts, two dinners, two breakfasts, and one lunch, and lodging.

The girls of Troop 65792 are really excited to host this event. They have worked hard to learn the crafts and plan the events for the weekend. This is their first event to host and they can’t wait to share their learning with others!

Contact Charity Haviland at gstroop65792@gmail.com for questions!

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Inspiring others through community service

Submitted by Kristen Chipman

Metro Denver

Northglenn/Thornton

Some of the Girl Scouts of Troop 66742 were doing their share of community service by helping plant the flowerbed in front of the Northglenn Recreation Center! For the last several years, the girls have committed to caring for this flowerbed every summer. This year, they planted Marigolds and Red Petunias in honor of the City of Northglenn’s 50th Anniversary!

Troop 66742 loves to give back to the community. Whether it be through helping take care of a flowerbed or donating to a local church, these girls are always doing amazing things! They are leading by example on how to take small steps to make a big impact in this world!

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