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I đź’š Fall Product Program: Alison from Thornton

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star and Girl Scout Cadette Alison from Troop 62816 in Thornton told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

I have participated in Fall Product Program for seven years.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

I love creating an avatar that looks like me! Although I usually don’t record a message for my avatar, it’s still very fun! 

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends, and other customers? Is it fun to use?

The thing that I like about having an online storefront is that I can see what my achievements are, and they are turned into little medals and trophies, and other cool things! Using this online platform, it’s very easy to send emails to friends and family, and they include the link to my entire campaign. And, I think it’s fun to use because it’s interactive, modern, and inspiring. 

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

A tip for other girls is that: Check your online store, so you can see how much people have bought products online, so you can have an idea of how much you have left to sell before you reach your goal. And, another tip, is that you can ask people in person that you know, but you don’t have their email and they might buy products from you. 

What nut or candy item(s) do your customers like best?

The products that my customers usually buy are Dulce Daisies and Peanut Butter Monkeys.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

With the proceeds, my troop usually uses the money to buy the badges that we complete. 

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward that I’ve earned is to be a part of S’mores Club. If you participate in Fall Product Program, sell 15 Nuts or Candies, send 15 emails during the program, and sell 400 packages of cookies, during cookie season, you can be a part of the S’mores Club. You will earn a personalized patch, with your avatar in it, and very cool special prizes! For this year, if you do all of the requirements for S’mores Club, you get customized Converse Shoes and a specialized S’mores Club avatar patch. That’s pretty cool for me! Good luck with your Fall Product Program!

Thank you, Alison, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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.

I Earned the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch

Submitted by Alison

Metro Denver

Thornton

Hello! My name is Alison, and I am a seventh grader, Girl Scout Cadette from Troop 62816. I earned the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together” patch. I decided to work on this patch, because I think it’s important for everybody to be able to learn and discuss topics about inclusion and diversity in our communities, especially in these times when having connections are important.

One of the activities I did, and I liked a lot, involved using a Personal Identity Wheel, and a Social Identity Wheel. Each one is a circle, with several divisions, and each division has a question or a prompt, which you will answer inside the little sliver it’s in. The Personal Identity prompts were more about things that were important to you, and things that build you up, such as your favorite food, music, quote, holiday, book, etc. Then, there’s the Social Identity Wheel, where the prompts were more about things that belong to groups in society, such as ethnicity, gender identity, age, religion affiliation, first language, etc. After completing these wheels, I liked that we were able to determine what the difference was between the two wheels. I learned that even if somebody else’s wheel is completely different, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong, and we as a part of the community have to learn to include and accept everybody’s personal, and social wheels.

Another part of the patch was more of a discussion about what social identities are, and I think that in this category, the social category, the most exclusion and intolerance are found. We talked about which social identities are more outwardly expressed at first sight. I think that when I first meet people, I see age (in a range), race, and first language they spoke. These are things that people probably notice about me at first sight, too. Some of the social identities are more invisible than others, and you would have to get to know the person better to be able to know that. These identities include: family make-up, ability, national origin, religion affiliation, and more. Usually, you know the invisible identities of your friends and family, since you know them better. But, we as humans sort people into different groups, if we don’t know them.  We also discussed problems that could result because of this categorizing. We can exclude people, and judge them,  and have scorn, just because you don’t know them. I think that we shouldn’t sort people into groups, and that just because someone has a social identity that is different than yours, doesn’t mean they are any less or any better than you. I invite younger and older people to complete this fun and educational patch to learn more about inclusion, to appreciate diversity and to honor and celebrate our differences in our local communities and around the world.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to unveil ways for everyone, not just girls or Girl Scouts, to develop an appreciation for the rich diversity of various cultures in their community and around the world. Learn more.

Girls Deliver Cookies to Nutrition Staff at Two School Districts

Submitted by Brandy Schauppner

Metro Denver

Thornton

Girls from Troop 62511 delivered cookies to the nutrition staff at Mapleton Public Schools and Adams 12 to honor their service in helping give healthy meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The troop worked on their own to decorate bags and create special thank you cards. To keep everyone safe, a few girls delivered the cookies. Olivia and Eden traveled to five different schools to drop off their special treats and Aleaha dropped off cookies to the Adams 12 Education Services Building for them to distribute to the schools.

The girls revised their plans for where to donate their cookies, after they became aware of the work that the schools were still doing to help their communities. Many families do not have access to the food they need and this service helps provide nutritious meals to help support growth, learning, and well being, even when school is not in session.

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.

Virtual troop meeting

Submitted by Marti Shuster

Metro Denver

Thornton

My Brownies, Troop 66802, have now had two virtual troop meetings via Zoom. At our last meeting, we worked on the Safety Award for Brownies. The girls love being able to “get together” with each other once a week.

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.

Two sisters with one big goal

Submitted by Ana Martin del Campo

Metro Denver

Thornton

These two sisters finished selling Girl Scout Cookies this year with an empty table.  Even though they are in two different troops (Troops 62816 and 66802), they worked as a team and reached their goals together. They sold 3,000 packages! We are so proud of them.

They have a go-getter attitude and wanted to each reach 1,500 packages, (3,000 together)! They did it by working a lot of booths, selling online, and asking friends and neighbors.

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Bella Lucero, Thornton, “I Can Ride”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created and hosted a half day therapeutic horseback riding camp for kids with disabilities in my community, focusing on kids from low-resource families who would not otherwise have an opportunity to try horseback riding as a therapy option. I partnered with two existing schools, Bal Swan and Twice Exceptional, to identify kids that fit the audience I wanted to target, and then invited them to participate in this camp. I solicited donations from area businesses for camp day snacks and T-shirts for all participants. 2BG Equestrian School in Broomfield donated the use of their arena and horses to host my camp. I gathered and trained many volunteers who donated their time assisting the kids to be safe in the saddle.

Everyone worked together to ensure this camp was a success!

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

I measured the impact of my Gold Award project by having each rider fill out a before and after camp survey. I asked if they had any experience with horses and how comfortable they felt around horses and to rate their experience at camp. I also asked for feedback, their favorite and least favorite part of camp, and what I can do differently next time.

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

My project is sustainable as I have created a How-To Guide with directions and guidance on how to replicate my camp and shared this with several other riding barns throughout the Denver Metro Area. My project Advisor, Michelle L., has signed a Letter of Commitment agreeing to continue hosting this camp in the future. I have also created a Facebook page for my project, I Can Ride, to give it a platform on social media. Additionally, I shared my project at a recruitment event in my service unit as well as on Band, a leader discussion app.

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

My project’s global and national connection is not only evident in my Facebook page, but also by sharing my project with No Barriers Summit. This is a summer camp held every year in Colorado for participants with various disabilities to try new events. It is my hope they will add some aspect of therapeutic riding to their program. It is also not unrealistic to hope that GSUSA will hear about the ability to address the needs of kids with disabilities and begin implementing changes to Girl Scout summer camps to enable Girl Scouts with limitations to participate safely in riding programs.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout my project, I learned that I can persevere. Three years is a long time to keep working at something, trying to see it to completion, and I did it. I also learned that I am capable of talking to many different people, organizing and training volunteers, and most of all, overcoming obstacles. For example, I had to change the date of my camp twice due to uncontrolled circumstances! Although this was frustrating and delayed my project, keeping a positive attitude helped and everything worked out in the end.

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

I believe earning my Gold Award will impact my future by serving as a talking point on college, scholarship, and employment applications. I recently toured the University of Wyoming and discussed my project with the Equine Science Department and was excited to receive positive praise from them! Schools and potential employers will know that I can promote and host a big event and that I care about positively impacting those with disabilities, that I can create happiness and provide a challenge in their lives. I want to continue to connect with kids in my community at future camps and hopefully see them around the barn or hear about them continuing to pursue riding as a therapy option in their lives.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scouting experience as it required all of the skills I have learned in the past 11 years: teamwork, leadership, initiative, goal setting, planning, and project implementation. So many of the community service projects I have been involved in because of Girl Scouting involved giving back to the community I live in, to serve others, and make the world a better place. The Gold Award is the capstone of all abilities and skills that Girl Scouting tries to teach a girl. I know I can achieve anything I put my mind to in the future because I earned the Gold Award.

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

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a risk-taker because it forced me out of my comfort zone. I had to coordinate volunteers for an event, speak in public with confidence, and trust that this big idea was going to have a positive impact on my participants. I’ve been riding horses for 12 years, I take some of the hard skills of riding and caring for horses for granted. Breaking it down to my audience and focusing on the fun to be had was a risk to me, as I didn’t want my riders to be nervous or scared from lack of experience. Undertaking any large project is risky, but so worth it!

**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. 

Shipwreck’d Camp

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

The Woods Service Unit presents Shipwreck’d Camp April 24 – 26, 2020 at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey. Join us for pirate-themed fun as girls participate in an escape room, geocaching, boat racing, sword fighting, and more!

Cost:

$80/Girl

$70/Leader

(Includes camp shirt, patch, food, and lodging)

Register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/shipwrecked_jr_csa_troop_encampment_md_04_24_26_2020

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

My Dad rocks

Submitted by Eric Carrico

Metro Denver

Thornton

Let me tell you how my dad rocks. He went door-to-door with both my sister and I on Super Bowl Sunday and made sure we both met our goal to sell more than 50 packages to earn the special Super Bowl patch. He helps us make sales at work and in the neighborhood. He teaches us math and money management, so it isn’t just about selling cookies. Our dad rocks because he supports us and our goals. We love our Dad.

We both love Girl Scouts. We love to earn patches and participate in activities. We LOVE selling cookies and meeting new friends. Girl Scouts teach us so much and we love it!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

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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