Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts who were honored this spring at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Silver & Gold Celebrations! Statewide celebrations events took place on April 25th in Denver and May 26th in Colorado Springs. The Silver and Gold Awards are among the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn, with the Gold Award being the highest and most demanding award a Girl Scout strives toward.
Three hundred four middle school aged girls in Colorado earned their Silver Award this year, while 64 high school girls earned their Gold Award. While independent of each other, these awards require leadership skills, organizational skills, time management, perseverance and a sincere desire to be of service to the community.
The Colorado Springs celebration also honored 25 area Girl Scouts who earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in 4th or 5th grade can earn.
Read more about these outstanding Girl Scouts and these prestigious awards in the Celebration Program, as well as view photos and videos from the statewide celebrations below.
Event Photos and Video from Colorado Springs Celebration
Thirteen Girl Scouts on the Western Slope participated in the annual flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, May 21.
The girls learned how to properly put to rest worn and tattered flags and performed the ceremony on flags collected in a community drive.
Hundreds of Girl Scouts of all ages from across the state walked across the Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City on Saturday in a special Girl Scout bridging ceremony as they move up from one program level to the next.
Bridging ceremonies are anticipated by Girl Scouts nationwide and are steeped in rich, long-standing tradition. In fact, just last Saturday, May 7th, thousands of Girl Scouts from across the country crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in a similar type bridging ceremony: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/incontracosta/detail?entry_id=88603.
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There’s an eye catching mural in the works at the Girl Scouts office on 400 S. Broadway in Denver. After being plagued with repeated incidents of illegal tagging on their office building, Girl Scouts of Colorado has partnered with the Denver Police Department and a group of reformed taggers the police department works with from the Gang Rescue and Support Project to create a fun, girl-friendly mural to wrap their building, dissuade taggers and illustrate and embrace the Girl Scout mission and leadership programs. The lead artist on the project is Chris “PhEud” Bernal.
Girl Scouts from the Denver area have been working with the artist on the mural for several weeks. On Saturday, May 7th, Girl Scouts with the Family Crisis Center, a residential care facility, helped work on the mural. Many of the Girl Scouts from this program have been previously involved in illegal tagging activities and were anxious to learn how they can use tagging as a hobby or possible career and make a positive impact on the community.
“This project is helping bring out my true colors,” said one of the Girl Scouts from the Family Crisis Center as she displayed her hands covered in paint from the mural project. “Girl Scouts has taught me to be more patient and creative. I would like to be an artist in the future. I’ve spray painted before, and now know how to do it in a fun, legal way. This is something I will always remember. I’m learning a lot. This mural is awesome!”
There is still several more weeks of mural painting to go. The community can keep up on the mural’s progress right here on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website as well as on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Channel 7 (ABC, Denver/statewide) did a story on the mural project on several of their May 7th and 8th weekend newscasts, and there is a story about the project posted in the Denver Post’s YourHub. The mural is set to be unveiled to the community on June 22nd.
Girls learning how to take care of their bodies and how to appreciate the unique beauty of each other — that’s what Troop #1993 had in mind when they planned a day at the spa. The troop visited Empire Beauty School where they learned how to take care of their hair, had their hair cut and/or styled, learned how to do pedicures and manicures. What fun! Pizza rounded out the whole experience. What a great bonding event for the troop!