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Bronze Award Girl Scouts Deliver Masks, Lanyards, and Sneeze Guards to Teachers and School Staff

As many as ten Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 65430 in Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree delivered 40 plexiglass sneeze guards, more than 65 reusable masks, and 70 mask lanyards, along with “welcome back” cards— all of which they made — to teachers and staff at Wildcat Mountain Elementary School on Friday, August 14, 2020. In the midst of a global pandemic, these Girl Scouts wanted to help teachers, staff, and classmates return to in-person learning as safely as possible. The troop paid for the supplies for this project with funds earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Through this project, the girls also earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade.

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.

Cadette Book Club Bonus: Things You Want to Remember Time Capsule Challenge

In Girl Scouts of Colorado’s first month of Cadette Book Club, we read “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead. Alongside Miranda—the fearless main character—we unraveled the mysteries of friendship, family, and time travel. Now, it’s your turn to prepare for a trip through time by creating your very own time capsule.

Summer is coming to an end and we are all living through a unique and difficult time. Your challenge is to collect or create three different items that represent your 2020 Summer and place them into a time capsule. You will then unearth and revisit your 2020 Summer time capsule in one year (or longer if you choose)! See if you can find or make items that fit in these three categories:

  1. Note to Self
  2. Summer Sun and Fun
  3. Girl Scout Strong

Activity Directions:

Your time capsule can be any vessel (like a large jar, box, or bag) that will securely hold your items. Check your recycling for items that can be repurposed into your time capsule. Mine is an old cleaning wipe container.

If you want to give your time capsule some decorative flair, create a fun label to place on the lid or side of your chosen vessel.

Your first time capsule item (Note to Self) should be some type of communication to “future you.” You could write a letter or a poem, create and record a song, or maybe draw a picture. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to tell “future you” about what life was like for you this summer. You can also include your hopes for what next summer might be like.

Your second time capsule item (Summer Sun and Fun) should be any item that represents an awesome adventure you had this summer. Did you go on a crazy camping trip? Did you have a socially distant birthday bash? Take (or recreate) a memento that makes you smile and put it in the time capsule to send a bit of sunshine to your future self. I’m putting in a part of a flower arrangement I received.

Your third time capsule item (Girl Scout Strong) should be something from your time learning with Girl Scouts at Home. Did you make a sensational science project at STEM club? Did you pick up a superior skill during Tools for Independence? Put something from Girl Scouts in your capsule and send your future self some Girl Scout Spirit!

Once you’ve created or collected all of your chosen items, place them carefully inside your time capsule vessel. If you want to add other items that represent your 2020 Summer, feel free to do so!

After all of your items are safely tucked away in your time capsule, seal it up. Since we aren’t going to look at it for a year (or longer), you’ll want to securely close it up with ribbon, tape, or some other adhesive.

Now, place it somewhere safe and out of sight for the rest of this year (a closet, shed, attic, or garage are all good places). You might want to set a reminder on your phone or computer to check it in one year!

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.

Cadette Finding Common Ground badge: Step Five of Five

The great thing about our country is we all can have different backgrounds, experiences and opinions, and still come together and work towards the common good. No matter the level of government – from your local school board to the Congress – people have to compromise – give up some things you want in order to support somethings someone else wants – in order to accomplish their goals. When you earn the Cadette Finding Common Ground badge, you will learn how governments do that – and how you can do it in your everyday life.

Step One: Get to Know Someone Different from You

Step Two: Make Decisions in a Group

Step Three: Explore Civil Debate

Step Four: Understand a Compromise

Step Five: Finding Common Ground Through Mediation

Mediation is the process by which a third party – called a mediator – helps people or groups find common ground. There are many different kind of mediators, including peer mediators, who are trained to mediate within their school, club or group. Other kinds of mediators help families who are going through a hard time, neighbors who are having trouble getting along, and employees and employers decide on fair compensation. In this step, you will be the mediator who helps other people find common ground and come to an agreement. Do one or more of the following activities:.

Follow the six steps of a formal mediation:

  1. Give your opening remarks: Review the conflict and set ground rules.
  2. State the problem: Let both people state their positions.
  3. Gather information: Ask open-ended questions (those without yes or no answers) to get to the heart of each person’s position.
  4. Summarize: Summarize the conflict, based on what you have heard.
  5. Brainstorm solutions: Brainstorm all together about possible solutions.
  6. Reach an agreement: Offer ideas about where you think there is common ground. If the two sides don’t agree, start with step four, and keep going until you reach an agreement.

Mediate a mural project conflict. Here’s the conflict: Your Girl Scout troop has decided to paint a mural for their Girl Scout Silver Award project. Your troop needs to decide the following things: Where to paint the mural, the subject of the mural, the design of the mural, when to paint the mural, and how to raise money to pay for the supplies. Before the mediation begins, give each person time to decide what they think the answers to all the decisions should be, and come up with three reasons why they think their solutions are fair to the group and the community. Using the six steps of a formal mediation above, mediate the discussion until a solid plan is agreed to by everyone.

OR

Mediate with a pro. Invite a civil mediator or someone studying law or conflict resolution to come to your next online meeting. Ask them to share what they’ve learned about mediation, and have them teach you their favorite mediation skills.

OR

Suggest solutions for a current international conflict. What are the issues both sides are facing? They’ve come to you for help on ending the conflict. On your own or with your troop, look for the common ground, and write a draft peace treaty that would be a fair compromise for both sides. Share what you’ve learned on our blog or with your history or social studies teacher.

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.

Magic Sky Rock Climbing Badge Adventure Day: Spaces Still Available

Spaces are still available for Rock Climbing Badge Adventure Day at Magic Sky Ranch!

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fee: $20 (Grants available)

Join us for a day of outdoor rock climbing and outdoor skill building to complete some of the requirements for the Rock Climbing Adventure badge. Girls will learn about climbing equipment, techniques, knots, and other skills before exploring up the rock wall. After climbing, girls will learn Leave No Trace and other outdoor skills to be prepared for future adventures.  No prior climbing experience is required, and this event is open to all Brownies – Ambassadors.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/092020_rock_climbing_NC.html

This is not an individual girl drop-off event; girls must attend as part of a troop or with their own adult supervision. All child and adult attendees agree to follow the most current GSCO COVID -19 guidelines in relation to in -person events and have completed a COVID waiver.

An event letter with more information about COVID polices and procedures during the event will be emailed to participants two weeks prior to the event.

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

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.

Step Out with Suffragettes Walk

Submitted by Aimee Rogers

Metro Denver

Centennial

The Juniper Trail Service Unit invites service units and troops statewide to join our socially distanced walk: Step Out With Suffragettes 1.5 mile walk on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10 a.m.

We invite troops and/or families (based on current guidelines at the time) to join us by walking in your local area to honor the suffragettes that came before us in the fight for the right to vote.

This event is planned for you! Please e-mail girlscouts602@gmail.com for more information and instructions.

Instructions include:

  1. Links to age appropriate videos (Daisy/Brownie/Junior/Cadette/ Senior/Ambassador) for girls to watch to learn more about the suffrage movement nationwide.
  2. Questions for an online scavenger hunt for girls to learn about Colorado’s important milestone in the suffrage movement.
  3. Instructions so girls can learn about the process to register to vote in the State of Colorado.
  4. Ideas on building a kit you can deliver to families so girls can make sashes and signs to wear at the walk.

This is an amazing opportunity to educate the voters of tomorrow by celebrating the voters of the past!

Lets all coordinate our walk on September 19 at 10 and enjoy the socially distanced sisterhood of Girl Scouts!

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.

Win an Annual Colorado State Park Pass in Celebration of Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

You have two opportunities to be entered into a drawing to win an Annual Colorado State Park Pass valued at $80!

First Chance to Win:

Step One: Renew your Girl Scouts of Colorado membership for the 2020 – 2021 Membership Year on or before September 8, 2020.

Step Two: Register to participate in Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend on September 12 and 13, 2020. Link to register: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scouts_love_sta.html Members who register to participate in-person and virtually will be entered into the drawing.

Second Chance to Win:

Complete Steps One and Two above.

Step Three: Post photos of you/your family/troop enjoying Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend 2020 in-person or virtually on the social media network of your choice. For your entry to be counted, you must also tag Girl Scouts of Colorado on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram AND you must post the photo by Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Twitter and Instagram users are also encouraged to use #GSColo and #gsoutdoors.

*** This contest is only available to members of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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.

Camp Box from Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Pikes Peak

Pagosa Springs

Sage from Pagosa Springs was planning to attend Girl Scout Camp for the very first time this year at Sky High Ranch. The camp was canceled, but Sage was surprised by her parents with the Aspen Art Box and a camping trip nearby Sky High Ranch.

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.

New Camp Boxes Now Available from Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch

Bring some of the fun of Girl Scout Camp home! Both Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch are offering NEW camp-in-a-box experiences for August 2020.

Sky High Ranch has a “Fairy Garden” box for campers who miss the magic of camp fairies! This special, limited edition box is full of magic, fantasy, and woodland mischief. Camp fairies picked their favorite activities for a box designed especially for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Older Girl Scouts may order this box as well. To learn more about what’s inside the “Fairy Garden” box and order yours, use this link. The deadline to order is August 31.

Missing the magic of the annual Colorado summer Renaissance Festival? Tomahawk Ranch is here to help with a box designed for Juniors to Ambassadors. Younger Girl Scouts may order this box as well. To learn more about what’s inside and order yours, use this link. The deadline to order is August 31.

Both camps will mail boxes the day after the deadline with an expected arrival within seven to ten business days. The cost of each box is $50, including taxes and shipping. Quantities are limited, so order yours today!

If you have questions or run into trouble completing registration, please contact GSCO Customer Care at inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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.

Brownie Troop Takes Action to Clean Up Colorado Parks

Submitted by Amanda Johnson

Metro Denver

Denver

Did you know that Colorado parks are being used twice as much as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic? Our Girl Scout Brownie troop noticed people were using parks more. We were excited about people loving our outdoor spaces until we observed that more use is bringing more litter.

Our third grade Girl Scout Brownies from Willow, Inspire, and Polaris Elementary Schools wanted to learn more. They researched litter online, conducted science experiments about litter’s impact on our environment, and learned about trash pollution from an expert at Denver Solid Waste Management.

Through our investigation, we learned the best ways to prevent litter are:

  • Remove existing litter. Seeing litter already accumulated in a park makes it likely others will also litter.
  • Encourage people to feel a connection to their parks. People who do not feel a sense of ownership for a park, or who believe someone else will clean up after them, are most likely to litter.

Our Brownies were inspired to take action!

We are organizing “Love The Earth Park Clean Up” the week of September 5-11, 2020. We are encouraging our neighbors to work with us in picking up litter in local parks with social distancing. If we all do a little ourselves, together we can love our earth and make a big difference!

Girl Scouts who participate can earn a special fun patch. Visit our website to learn more: http://troop65750.com/parkcleanup/

Our Brownies are working on our Outdoor Journey. We met virtually throughout the summer and once to record our videos. The girls thought creatively about how to create an event with a lot of people, but still have social distancing.

As a leader, I’m proud of their go-getter attitudes and leadership in creating “Love the Earth Park Clean Up.”

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.

Listen now: Women’s Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historic Park

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Ranger Denise from the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, New York for hosting a special webinar about the women’s suffrage movement. More than 25 Girl Scouts from all over the country participated in this webinar on August 5, 2020. Listen to the recording here.

Ranger Denise walked girls through the events that led up to the first women’s rights convention. The Women’s Rights Convention fought for the social, civil, and religious rights of women. It was held on July 19 and 20, 1848 at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls. We learned about the roles of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, Mary Anne M’Clintock, Jane Hunt, and Susan B. Anthony. Girls also learned about how restrictive life was for women at the time and the importance of the right to vote as it related to owning property, wealth, and wages. Ranger Denise walked the girls through the list of grievances put together at the convention. She wrapped up her presentation with information about Frederick Douglass’ participation and speech at the convention. Douglass, a leader in the abolitionist movement, said, “In a word, I have never yet been able to find one consideration, one argument, or suggestion in favor of man’s right to participate in civil government which did not equally apply to the right of a woman.”

The webinar wrapped up with a live Q&A session where we learned about how Ranger Denise developed a passion for the women’s rights movement and that her favorite Girl Scout cookie is a Tagalong.

As Girl Scouts continue learning about the women’s rights movement, we encourage you to explore the resources listed below:

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@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.

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