Girl Scout Orrin Jones is working towards her Gold Award. For her project, she decided to focus it around making feminine hygiene products more available. Coming out of COVID was already a challenge for numerous people, especially for women.
One of my greatest friends missed school for a few days; this was not usual for her, so I asked her if she was sick. She replied promptly and stated that she wasn’t sick, she only had her period. This confused me because I assumed that our school had recourses for menstruators. When I spoke to one of my school nurses, she told me that the sanitary napkins were bough quarterly and they ran out of materials to distribute. I further asked her if the district has a budget or lends the school money for these products, and she stated that the district does not do either of those things, and she has to use her salary for such products. This incident sparked my interest in this issue, which I came to find out was more common globally. 1 in 7 women cannot afford sanitary products, and 1 in 3 miss school, work, or other important events to stay home and tend to their cycles. On top of that, there is a Pink Tax that makes female items more expensive than male products.
All of prompted me to take action and try to spread awareness. I decided to create a nonprofit and website (both still in the process) called Prevent Period Poverty, and I have partnered with global nonprofit I Support the Girls to expand my business not only nationally, but in countries such as Pakistan, Germany, and Japan. My nonprofit collects donated sanitary products, creates reusable sanitary napkins, and pamphlets, and sends each item to numerous organizations that will distribute these items to women who need it, schools, and other institutions. I will be working on placing a category on my website where females can order their menstrual products for free and have them delivered to their location.
I am also spreading awareness on my website on the Pink Tax issue, how it is unconstitutional, and ways that each person can help fight against this injustice issue. Though I have just begun my journey, I am excited to see how far my organization can go to make this issue decrease and educate people on how to help and support menstruators.
Water is one of the essentials that all living creatures need. We use it as a resource, a mode of transportation, a recreational tool, and in many other ways. While we may take advantage of the power behind water, we also must respect and protect it along with everything that is in it. Many different groups have come together to do just that, such as the US Water Alliance, the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Wildlife Fund.
A workshop was designed to allow Girls Scouts of the Ambassador level to be able to take part in the programs listed out in order to earn their water badge. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, it was not able to be implemented. However, the workshop program that was written up is still available for use.
Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards Manager Kaitie Lodolce presented the 2022 Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award and the 2022 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize to Gold Award Girl Scouts on April 20, 2022. This year’s ceremony was a virtual celebration due to COVID-19. In past years, this special ceremony has been part of Gold Award Day at the Colorado State Capitol.
Each year, Gold Award Girl Scouts are eligible to earn the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize. This award was made possible through a generous gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Endowment by former Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote. “I am proud to recognize Girl Scouts whose Gold Award projects have made a lasting impact,” Foote said.
In addition, the Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award is given in memory of Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Debbie Haskins, who had a passion for working with older Girl Scouts. It recognizes one outstanding Gold Award Girl Scout from Colorado who exemplifies the Girl Scout spirit through courage, confidence, and character.
“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good—and these Girl Scouts embody everything this achievement stands for,” said Leanna Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Each of these young women addressed an issue that’s important to her in order to earn her Gold Award, and we congratulate each of these Gold Award Girl Scouts on this momentous accomplishment.”
Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. The Gold Award project involves seven steps: 1. Identify an issue, 2. Investigate it thoroughly, 3. Get help and build a team, 4. Create a plan, 5. Present the plan and gather feedback, 6. Take action, 7. Educate and inspire. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
Regional Highest Awards celebrations are back in-person this year are planned in April and May to honor the 800 Girl Scouts who earned Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards this year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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.
More than 50 Northern Colorado Girl Scouts gathered on a snowy and windy day at Meadow Mountain Ranch to celebrate earning one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards on April 23.
Regional Highest Awards celebrations are back in-person this year are planned in April and May to honor the 800 Girl Scouts who earned Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards this year.
Gold Award Girl Scout Sarah Schumacher received her Gold Award pin. For her project, Sarah created a club for 3rd-5th graders to raise awareness and knowledge about the deaf community and teach students American Sign Language.
11 Extraordinary Women Honored
Each year, Girl Scouts of Colorado bestows the Women of Distinction honor upon 10 exceptional women in our community. This year, the new Woman of Distinction Gold honor will also be given to one extraordinary woman, who has not only exemplified the qualities of a Woman of Distinction but whose lifetime achievements have made a significant, lasting impact on our community. This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. These women join a network of more than 500 alums. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leaders, who serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.
2022 Woman of Distinction Gold
Class of 2022, Women of Distinction
Girl Scouts of Colorado will welcome the Class of 2022 honorees from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., August 25, at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
“I am honored to welcome this year’s class of Women of Distinction. They are strong, bold, empowered women who represent the leadership and excellence that powers today’s world, and they are outstanding role models for our girls,” said Leanna Clark, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Proceeds from the event will support Girl Scouts of Colorado’s crucial leadership development programs in entrepreneurship, outdoors, STEM, and life skills for more than 15,000 members across Colorado.
Event chairs are Elaine Torres, Woman of Distinction ’09, and Marti Awad, Woman of Distinction ’19.
For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
Submitted by the GSCO History Center
Hello from the Girl Scouts of Colorado, GSCO, History Center located in Loveland, Colorado. Recently, our energies have been focused on curating and now sharing our special exhibit, Girl Scouts Impact the World. Located at The Global Village Museum of Arts and Culture, 200 W. Mountain Ave., in Ft. Collins, this display is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the first Fridays of the month, now until May 21, 2022. Admission for registered Girl Scouts is FREE!
This is an historical review of how 110 years of Girl Scouts’ services, dedicated efforts and skills have affected the world, locally and globally. The exhibit shows through uniforms, artifacts, hands-on activities, and even a scavenger hunt how Girl Scouting has continued to evolve into an organization with a global presence emphasizing how girls have and are using their passion and their skills of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.
On April 22 , 3-7 p.m. we will host an Alumni Open House at this exhibit. Members of the Green Hat Society will be meeting there that day at 2 p.m. If you’d like more information about this alumni group, please join us.
Also, on Thursday, April 7, 6-7:30 p.m., the History Center, together with the museum, will present a Zoom vintage uniform fashion show “Girl Scouts in Style.”
This is open to all but registration is required. Sign up is on the Museum website: https://globalvillagemuseum.org.
In addition to the Alumni event and fashion show Zoom, we will have Open Houses for the public and troops Saturday, April 9, and, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. History volunteers will also be at the museum on the first Friday of May 5-8 p.m. The Song Bird Choir will be singing the evening of May 6. There is no registration required for these dates.
These events are free for registered Girl Scouts. All others will need to pay the Global Village admission fees.
Adults – $5; Seniors, Veterans and Students – $3; Youth 4 to 15 – $1; Youth under 3 – Free Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Currently, Global Village Museum states that for the safety of the staff and participants, masks are suggested when visiting the museum. The Museum is reassessing each week.
Please share this information with anyone who you think would be interested in attending this exhibit.
Email the GSCO History Center at email@example.com
Take a peek into your crystal ball, imagine your future, and share a quick :10 second or less video or 100 word essay telling us what you see! All video and written submissions will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two $529 prizes for your CollegeInvest savings plan to help you fund that future. If you don’t already have a CollegeInvest savings plan, that’s OK, CollegeInvest will help you get set up.
This contest is open only to registered Girl Scouts of Colorado youth members.
The entry form will open at 9 a.m. on Feb. 14 and close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. A selection of entries will be posted on our blog and social media channels.
The winners will be selected in random drawings (one for Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scouts and one for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts) on March 1.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is pleased to partner with CollegeInvest, Colorado’s 529 Savings Plan, to deliver the Future Me patch program for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, coming this fall.
Hi my name is Terra Brubaker. I am a Cadette Girl Scout in troop #77915. For my Silver Award I created an indoor climbing patch program and requirements that can be completed at the Longmont Climbing Collective.
The name of the patch is “Breaking Beta”. In climbing jargon that means that you get the information you need to be successful in a climbing route. I am hoping girls get the information they need to feel successful and empowered to climb. I coordinated with one of the LCC owners to ensure trained climbing instructors from the LCC will help the girls complete the patch requirements.
I chose to create this patch because I was spending a lot of time at the climbing gym and not seeing many young girls there. I took many classes and learned how to feel confident climbing using the right techniques. I felt that if I created a program for girl scouts that introduced girls to climbing in a safe and fun way they might feel more successful at this sport.
The purpose for this patch is to get girls engaged with the sport of indoor climbing. Indoor climbing, successfully, can help girls excel in other activities that require balance, upper body strength and lower body strength. It helps girls get physically and mentally stronger as they move from one place to another on the wall.
The cost would be $25.00 per girl. With a minimum size group of 8-10 girls. Above ten girls the cost will be $50.00 because they need to add a second coach. The session will be 90 minutes. The girls will receive a patch at the end of the climbing session. I hope to attend a few of the girl scout sessions, if I am able, to help assist the LCC coaching staff. Contact the information of the flyer to set up the time and date your troop would like to attend at your convenience.
“I’m Lazy Acres born and Lazy Acres bred…”
Calling all campers! Camp Lazy Acres is 75 this year and it’s time to celebrate.
Save the date for July 22 – 24, 2022.
Everyone is welcome to come and share your camp stories and pictures. Don’t forget your songbooks! The camp is reserved for us. There’s plenty of room in the cabins for overnight. Bring your own glamp gear! Or reserve nearby accommodations. Details on meals and swag to come.
Contact Linda Lewis, aka Woodstock, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get your name on the interest list.