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Girl Scout Junior troop takes on Kids Zone at Denver American Indian Festival in Thornton

Submitted by Susanne Wallach

Metro Denver

Westminster

This year’s Kids Zone is gearing up for another year of family fun.  There will be a variety of crafts for ages that are focused on nature and American Indian culture.

What’s different about this year’s Kids Zone is that it’s being hosted by Girl Scout Troop 63787.  This group of 5th grade girls are Girl Scout Juniors and they are taking on the responsibility of planning and running the Kids Zone crafts as their Bronze Award project. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.  One of the steps towards earning this award is identifying a project in their community where they can make a difference. Some of our girls have volunteered at this event in the past and felt this was a fun way to help support cultural awareness in their community.  Taking on this project enables the girls to improve on skills such as teamwork, planning, decision making, leadership, and communication.  We also hope they will come away feeling proud they were able to help give something back to their community.

Join us for a free, fun family event next weekend and be sure to stop by the Kids Zone and see these girls in action!

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Girl Scout Gold Award project: Katrina Stroud, Boulder, “Butterflies, bees, and me”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award, I designed activity booklets for kids on monarch butterflies and bumble bees. The activity booklet included color-in drawings of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and bumble bee, their anatomies, a maze, flowers, a list of ways you can help their populations grow, and a quiz on the back. In addition, I gave a presentation at six different summer camps on why monarch butterflies and bumble bees matter and why they are both endangered species.

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

At the end of each presentation, I asked the kids to take a quiz on the back of their activity booklet. In return, I gave the kids a Jolly Rancher or one of my “world famous high fives” after they had finished the quiz. I checked their quiz results one by one to go over it with the kids if they had gotten any questions wrong. All the kids scored an 80% or higher on my quiz!

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

Mario Padilla, my Gold Award project advisor and entomologist at the Butterfly Pavilion, will email the PDF file of the activity booklet to the parents of campers during the next camp cycle of the summer of 2018. He will also post the link to the activity booklet on the Butterfly Pavilion’s website. Ashley Young, an educational coordinator at the Gardens on Spring Creek, will print copies from the PDF file of the activity booklet. I gave a presentation at one of her summer camp programs and she is excited to continue giving the booklet out to visitors.

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

For my global link, I contacted a butterfly pavilion in British Columbia called the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. I have sent them an email, asking if they would be interested in having a PDF file of the activity booklet to give away in their gift shop. I haven’t heard back from them yet, but it feels good to know that I have tried to connect my project to others around the world.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I enjoyed making the handmade activity booklets for kids, because I took a couple of drawing classes in high school. Giving the presentation was a bit of a struggle at first, because I was not used to teaching around kids, but I was always happy whenever a kid raised his/her hand to ask a question. Teaching around children was a lot easier than I thought it would have been, it just took some time getting comfortable.

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

My leadership skills will grow based on the self confidence that I have gained from this project and the ability to work on other independent projects in the future. One of the most crucial leadership skills that I learned from my project is that it is important to always keep track of the tasks that need to get done. Such as, remembering to contact different places to give my presentation, keeping track of the resources that I need to bring to the presentations, and keeping track of dates to fit in deadlines. Creating a schedule was probably the most important task in completing the Gold Award.

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 Scout experience because it was like finishing up a final test to see what skills you have gained from your troop. Earning the Gold Award is mostly on your own because if you see a problem, go tackle it yourself. Why wait for someone else to do the work?

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

The Gold Award helped me become a go-getter because there is nothing more satisfying than to tackle a problem and raise awareness in the community. Being a go-getter can make you into a better person because life is too short to stress over the little things and to hope that they will all disappear if you wish them to.

**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

Troop 60696 Silver Award Work

Submitted by Leona Lawless

Metro Denver

Westminster

Troop 60696 took a full year to complete their Silver Award.
They built bridges of kindness, service, and community by 12 random acts. They connected the random acts to the Girl Scout Law. They learned to face their fears. They learned to respect all people regardless of their circumstances or jobs. They made the world a better place and were a sister to every Girl Scout. They created a video entitled Silver Award Video Troop 60696. I am so proud of my girls and their hard work on The Silver Award!

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Family Spring Fling dance

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Submitted by Celeste Amarosa

Metro Denver

Westminster

Gather the family and join us for a night of fun at the Family Spring Fling!

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Hodgkins Elementary School 3475 W. 67th Ave. Denver, CO 80221

There will be dancing, pictures, crafts, food, and more!
Everyone is welcome 🙂

A fun patch will be included for all Girl Scouts 🙂

All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Tell your friends (Non-Girl Scouts are welcome)

Cost is $8 per person in advance or $10 per person at the door

Register and pay online at https://family-spring-fling.cheddarup.com/

Questions? Contact Celeste Amarosa at pinktink4@hotmail.com

Link to the Facebook event is https://www.facebook.com/events/1140270446083526/ Feel free to share it with your troop, family, and friends.

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Cookie parody

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Submitted by Celeste Amarosa

Metro Denver

Westminster

Last year, our troop wrote a cookie parody. They enjoyed it so much that we decided we want to do it every year. The girls picked a song, then they re-wrote the lyrics to be about Girl Scout Cookies. They practiced the song and learned a dance to go with it and then we recorded the video for it. It was a lot of work and very time consuming, but it was so much fun and we think it came out super cute 🙂

The video from both years can be viewed at:
2017: https://youtu.be/TrK91hfJOwY
2016: https://youtu.be/5pfLU132al4

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I guess I’m doing something right

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Submitted by Marti Shuster

Metro Denver

Westminster

My kindergarten granddaughter has been in my Daisy troop for the past year. She had a school assignment to say what they want to be when they grow up. Most kids said doctor or police. This is what my granddaughter wrote. I guess I am doing something right.

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Broomfield/Westminster day camps: Last chance to register

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Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Cadette Troop 63572 is hosting two day camps this summer as part of their leadership progression. The two primary outcomes chosen for these camps are confidence and courage. The campers will work together through some traditional scouting activities like songs and games, and challenge themselves while learning new skills.

Buttercup Bootcamp will be at East Interlocken Park in Broomfield from June 26 – 30, 2017 and She’s Crafty will be at the Westminster campus of Front Range Community College July 17 – 21, 2017. Information and how to register can be found at: https://scoutingforfun.com/

Registration will close on May 15, 2017. Don’t wait to register!

Each camp is $175 and is completely volunteer-run. Our troop has held many successful events and the girls are excited to work with younger girls at these fun camps.

Interested in volunteering or helping as a PA or PAI? Info is available on the camp website! The number of campers we can have will be dependent on the number of adult volunteers.

Contact us at camplikeagirlscout@gmail.com with questions.

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Power of cookie: Confidence

Submitted by Ellie B.

Metro Denver

Westminster

My name is Ellie, and I have always been shy. Girl Scouts taught me many things. However, it has mainly taught me to be confident. I am able to talk in front of crowds and sell cookies to strangers. I love being a Girl Scout.

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Cookie video contest: Buy the cookies!  You know you want to!

Submitted by Alexandra

Westminster

Denver Metro

Me (Alexandra) and my sister (Ella) are in Girl Scouts this year.  This is her first year and my third year.  This year, we want to sell 1,500 boxes of cookies each!  With the money we earn from selling cookies, we get to do fun things with our troop!  We made this video to give our customers info on what to buy.  We had lots of fun making this video, but it took a lot of patience!  Hope you like it!

This video was submitted for the 2017 Best Cookie Video contest.

Cookie video contest: May the force be with you

Submitted by Zoe

Westminster

Denver Metro

My favorite Star Wars character has always been Princess Leia. I was very sad when my mom told me that the actress who played her died in December. I thought having a booth decorated as Star Wars this year would be a great way to honor her. I think she should be made into an honorary Girl Scout! May the force be with you!

This video was submitted for the 2017 Best Cookie Video contest.