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Bird-Friendly Gold Award Project: Learn How to Save Our Feathery Friends

Submitted by Anna H., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver


Hello everyone! My name is Anna, and I am an Ambassador currently working on my Gold Award. I have some free, educational webinars that Girl Scouts and their families can attend!

My project is on making the world more bird-friendly. With the forces of habitat loss and human-related dangers such as domestic cats, bird populations are declining at alarming rates. My goal is to educate high schoolers and adults on how they can:

  • Reduce bird-window collisions.
  • Let cats and birds coexist peacefully while fulfilling their respective needs.
  • Make their backyard more bird-friendly, including birdhouses, baths, and feeders.
  • Understand why planting native is so important.

I am conducting three separate presentations for this project. They will be hosted by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and I, along with two other Girl Scouts, will be guest-speaking.

These presentations will interest anyone who has a passion for nature and/or the environment, and they’re free. Girl Scouts should attend to learn about the issues facing birds and how they can help. In order to save our feathery friends, everyone needs to do what they can to help birds. That includes you!

Age Range: Seniors, Ambassadors, and Adults (non-Girl Scouts are also welcome!)

When: March 31, April 7, and April 14, 2021 from 4 – 5 p.m. Note: you don’t have to attend every presentation, and there is separate registration for each presentation.

Where: Zoom- These are webinars!

The Top Two Threats to Birds: Windows and Cats

March 31 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Approximately three billion birds die each year from human-related threats. However, which threats are the largest? And, how can everyday people, not just organizations and businesses, help? Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for an in-depth look at windows and cats, the statistics, why they’re problems, and convenient solutions to help them coexist.

Registration link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28172-the-two-top-threats-to-birds-windows-and-cats

The B’s: Birdhouses, Birdbaths, and Bird-Friendly Backyards

April 7 from 4 – 5 p.m.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to birdhouses—perch versus no perch, painted versus untreated wood, on a pole versus in a tree, etc. The same goes for birdbaths. Come join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies to learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to birdhouses and birdbaths! This presentation will also briefly touch on bird feeders and foods.

Registration Link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28173-the-b-s-birdhouses-birdbaths-bird-friendly-backyards

Why Should We Plant Native?

April 14 from 4 – 5 p.m.

You might have heard that you should plant native. But do you know why? “Because it’s good for the environment,” while correct, doesn’t do justice describing the complex role native plants play. It’s much more than that! Come learn about ecosystems, the advantages of native plants, and how invasive species disrupt the delicate balance of nature.

Registration Link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28174-why-should-we-plant-native

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Photos courtesy of Gary and Carlie Hartwick.

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.

Silver Award Project: Joyful Journeys Garden

Submitted by Susanne Wallach

Metro Denver

Northglenn/ Thornton/ Westminster

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.

Community Clean-Up

Submitted by Stephanie Rosch

Metro Denver


Troop 61359 spent some time on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day cleaning up the local streets! After cleaning, they wrote some awesome messages in chalk to make neighbors smile while out and about! Girls in this fabulous troop won’t let anything stop them from helping others and leading the way.

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.

Girl Scout Day at Butterfly Pavilion

This program is hosted by Butterfly Pavilion. Please email all questions to mcopan@butterflies.org.

Girl Scouts are taking over Butterfly Pavilion on November 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Earn your Brownie Bugs badge or Daisy Make the World a Better Place petal.

Register now: https://butterflies.org/event/girl-scout-day/

Due to COVID-19, registration is limited to ensure safety and maximize fun! Girl Scout Day tickets will allow up to 20 guests for each time slot.

For the first hour of your Girl Scout Day adventure, explore indoor and outdoor exhibits. Next is 40 minutes in Classroom A with activities, crafts, animals, and fun just for your troop! The event includes:

  • Access to indoor and outdoor exhibit.
  • Girl Scout self-guided scavenger hunt, which can tick off many badge requirements!
  • Full schedule of programs, all centered around bugs, science, and making our world a better place!
  • Several stations with crafts, activities, and discussions– all based on the Brownie Bugs badge and Rosie petal!
  • Certificate and reusable tote for having attended Girl Scout Day at Butterfly Pavilion!

Cost (includes general admission to Butterfly Pavilion as well as extra activities):

  • Adults: $14 (members $5)
  • Girl Scouts (and siblings): $10 (members $5)
  • Children under 2: FREE

Please note: Pre-registration is required. No walk-ups will be accepted. Masks are required.

Instead of wristbands, please have your group members wear Girl Scout clothing and have your Girl Scout Day ticket ready upon arrival for the front desk. This will gain your group access to Girl Scout Day activities in the classroom when it is your scheduled time.

For Leaders: Girl Scouts will need to purchase the badges that they earn directly through Girl Scouts, but there will be discounted Butterfly Pavilion badges and patches available in the gift shop to commemorate your experience!

For Groups: Siblings are welcome, please list them as a child ticket. One adult per group is required. You must pay for the entire group with one payment. Advanced tickets are required.

Refunds, exchanges, or transfers: Girl Scout Day at Butterfly Pavilion issues no refunds, exchanges, or transfers. Please do your best to get an accurate group count upon purchasing, as you will not be able to receive a refund.

Questions? Contact Marissa at mcopan@butterflies.org or (720) 974-1877.

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.

Robot Building Party – Westminster Public Schools (Virtual)

Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a ROBOT with Girl Scouts! This event is for upcoming Girl Scouts! Participants will enjoy engaging with other girls in a creative, educational environment under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

We have four date options to choose from (please select one):

July 22 (Wednesday) at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

July 31 (Friday) 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

August 5 (Wednesday) at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

August 10 (Monday) at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance, etc. Please register at: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/robot_building_party_westminster_school_district_virtual

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Honoring Heroes

Submitted by Stephanie Daniels

Metro Denver


The girls of Troop 68127 in Westminster used their cookie money to send treats to our local hospitals and healthcare heroes. Knowing that many of their classmates have parents who work in healthcare, the girls decided to recognize these amazing people. In turn, they were also able to support a small local business, The Dessert Stand, which  made all of the delicious treats! It was a win-win!

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.


Uniform to Uniform in Westminster

Submitted by Amanda Brown

Metro Denver


The girls did a cookie booth and invited the firefighters who were shopping to check out their cookie booth. They bought two packages of cookies and loved the sales skills the girls learned.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

“Science in the Summer” day camp: Registration is open

Submitted by Marybel Good

Metro Denver


Register your daughter for “Science in the Summer” day camp, and she will join other Girl Scouts entering grades 1-5 for a week of fun and learning. Each day, campers will explore a different science theme including space, forensics, wildlife identification, and color science. Camp will be held in a park in Westminster from June 1 – June 5, 2020. Limited extended daycare is available.

Visiting science experts will make engaging presentations, including a special presentation on wildlife rehabilitation. On Friday, we will host the young women of United Launch Alliance and launch rockets. Our days will include a lot of hands-on activities so the girls are able to experiment with the information they learn.

In addition to fun science activities, your camper will have the opportunity to learn Girl Scout cooking skills. We’ll be making a hot meal for three of the camp days, and all girls will participate in meal preparation.

This fun week will be rounded out by traditional Girl Scout songs and games. Younger girls will be inspired by the older Girl Scouts working as Program Aides.

Camp is filling up quickly, register your camper soon!

Register for camp: https://girlscoutsciencecamp.wordpress.com/

Questions? email: GScamp64021@comcast.net

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Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

In 2019, students in Pro Start, a professional culinary prep program, at Standley Lake High School in Westminster developed a series of recipes featuring Girl Scout Cookies. One of the delicious desserts they created: Tagalongs Peanut Butter Mousse Pie!

Westminster H.S. culinary students host cooking challenge featuring Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with Christopher Hill, ProStart/culinary arts teacher at Westminster High School, to host a cooking challenge featuring Girl Scout Cookies in February 2020. Students created dishes, which could not be desserts, and competed against each other in small contests with their classmates. On February 19, the winners of the class competitions competed in a final round. Students had one hour to prepare and present their dishes for judging. The winner was Trefoil Shepherd’s Pie (click link for recipe and see below for more recipes)! Students in the engineering department also used their 3D printer to create the trophies for the winners.

Thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV, Fox31/KDVR-TV, and Colorado Community Media for joining us for the event!