Sky High season extended — book it today!


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By popular demand, the Sky High Ranch fall season has been extended from September 15 to November 22, so book your fall stay today! Since Girl Scouts of Colorado devoted Sky High Ranch to volunteer-led individual troop camp and other group rentals, the popularity of this beautiful property near Woodland Park has soared.

More than 1,200 Girl Scouts made memories to last a lifetime at Sky High over the last year. We would love to have even more campers enjoy the property this year, so we’ve extended the season for guests to enjoy Sky High. It’s a wonderful place to hold camping programs for troops, service units or open to all girls. Plan a program to work on a Journey, earn badges or just have fun in the outdoors. If you want to plan an open Girl Scout camp, GSCO can even provide the resources to help you make it happen. To learn more, see pictures, and make your reservation, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/sky-high-ranch.

If you have a youth, church, business or family group or event, we’d love to have you hold it at Sky High as well. Contact Cindy Saylor at 720-530-5059 or cindy.saylor@gscolorado.org for pricing and information.

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Pueblo Girl Scouts learning about STEM


From Carmen Valdez, Program Associate, Girl Scouts of Colorado

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More than 40 girls and their leaders took part in a Girl Scouts STEM Discovery Day in Pueblo on Saturday, April 12th. Girls took part in hands on presentations and experiments with Pueblo Community College Robotics, as well as CSU-Pueblo Chemistry Club, featuring budding young women scientists and their teacher. Girls made galaxy dough, mini bow and arrows and Girl Scout Cola Concoctions. They also created marbleized paper, explored tangrams, made their own Girl Scout constellations, and discovered groovy lava lamps and oceans in a bottle with a guest from Pueblo Library. A Girl Scout shout out to all the amazing volunteers and community partners who made this program a success!

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Morgan Hays, Evergreen, “Base Camp Geosphere”


 

Morgan Hays

Morgan Hays
Evergreen
Evergreen Senior High School
Base Camp Geosphere

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I completed my project at Mt. Evans Outdoor Lab School in Jefferson County when it was brought to my attention that the school was lacking a classroom for the geosphere (rocks and soil) part of the curriculum. After my initial evaluation, I decided that building an outdoor classroom at Base Camp Geosphere was the perfect project to complete and submit for consideration to attain my Girl Scout Gold Award. Base Camp Geosphere is the first learning step in the journey of geology and hike through time, therefore, I decided the best way to present all of the information and solve the problem was to create an outdoor classroom. The classroom now serves 3,000+ students a year.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued my Gold Award because I felt that it was important to make a difference and to have a goal of what that difference would be and how it would help others.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Project helped teach 6th graders about the geologic world around them and is helping them better understand what is going on in the rocks outside of their town.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained the skills of patience, leadership, organization and perseverance.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the fact that my classroom gets used by an immense amount of middle schoolers each year. I will also remember my love for outdoor lab and the new memories I got to add to my collection.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My main goal is to get into the Coast Guard Academy or the Naval Academy. This project helps greatly because I now have a leg up on the competition and it shows great commitment. It will also help when I am getting a job later because of all the wonderful qualities and people who are produced from the completion of this project.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award is incredibly important. From the time you are a Girl Scout Daisy to the time you are about to start your project, Girl Scouts is teaching you the necessary skills for the successful completion of the Gold Award. Once you complete your project you see how now instead of you looking up to your leaders, they are now looking up to you.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Kelli Leachman, Larkspur, “Perennial Garden”


 

Kelli Leachman

Kelli Leachman
Larkspur
Douglas County High School
Perennial Garden

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I created a perennial garden for the Douglas County Outdoor Education Center. The reason for the garden is to teach the students about different kinds of plants and what plants are able to grow in different regions.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I created the perennial garden because I have always loved the outdoors and going to Outdoor Ed was a great experience for me. I decided that when Douglas County opened the Outdoor Education Center that I wanted to help them so that other students could have a great experience just as I did.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

While working on my Gold Award I learned the skills of leadership and time management. In the future I can take the skills I acquired and use them to help me be successful.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Eliana Wackerman, Colorado Springs, “Do It for the Kids!”


 

Eliana Wackerman

Eliana Wackerman
Colorado Springs
Saint Mary’s High School
Do It for the Kids!

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed the issue of children feeling uncomfortable and frightened within hospitals. Young children decide how they feel about things in a moment’s notice. To help provide a better atmosphere, I created 32 separate murals on windows measuring 47” x 57 1/2” and activities on white board paper for the waiting room at the Pediatric Clinic in the U.S. Army’s Evans Community Hospital.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I selected this project for various reasons. First, I wanted to execute a project that included children because I am thinking of pursuing a career that deals with children. Second, I wanted to include the medical field within my project because I have a large interest in both science as well as medicine. Lastly, seeing as how both of my parents are retired U.S. Army, I have always felt a large connection with the military. With the combination of all of these things, working with the U.S. Army’s Evans Community Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic became the perfect opportunity. Working with Evans Community Hospital not only allowed me to obtain experience with children through the medical field, but it also allowed me to make an impact on children’s lives. I understand that hospitals can be a scary place to many children of all ages. That is why I want the children to feel as comfortable as possible as they are waiting for a consult with a doctor. A mural and activities for children to play with while they wait are only a small way that children can feel more comfortable, but I hope something as small as this can have a large impact on the children that observe the mural as well as play with the activities.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project made a difference by not only letting the children feel more comfortable in the clinic, but also by having others want to help their community because they saw my project. I posted pictures of the progress of my project on social networking sites, and friends from all over the world commented and contacted me telling me how awesome an action I was completing. Each of these people have told me that seeing me take action in my community has made them want to take action in their community,

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I developed a stronger sense of self as I faced my fear of talking with high-ranking officials and adults, and realized that my confidence grew as I faced my fears and that I could easily communicate with my elders.

I developed positive values as I realized the impact I could make on young children through such simple means of educational paintings.

I gained practical life skills, especially in the area of time management. I discovered that I cannot expect things to be approved or executed in a snap of the fingers. I realized that I have to manage my time effectively because it is so precious.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the reactions from parents, children and staff at the Fort Carson Hospital that I received as I completed my project. Children walking by as I was painting saying, “Look mommy! A sheep!” or ” That’s so cool!” always put a smile on my face. Parents and staff at the hospital even came up to me saying how much they liked the paintings and how they believed it was making a big impact on the children.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

The children who are patients at this hospital were scared of the hospital and the pediatric clinic. The colorful murals allow them to feel more comfortable in a now kid-friendly area. The fact that I was educating these children through an artistic viewpoint not only empowered me to be a creative thinker when it came to the scenes on these panels, but it also educated children as they asked their parents what different objects on the panels were. Creativity is something that can only enhance my future, and learning how to use it in a way that helps others will help me reach my goals in a unique way.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

One of the reasons I decided to work with the military for my Gold Award was because I thought that would be a perfect way to establish a global connection. With military personnel moving around as much as they do, I am hoping that they will see my project and implement something similar all over the world. Also since this project is focused at children, wherever these children go when they grow up, which could be anywhere in the world, I hope they give something back to their community and, thus, make an impact on the global society. As Girl Scouts, we want to help the world, and I think executing a project that makes global connections and makes a difference in the world fulfills the motto of the Girl Scouts and the reason I am a Girl Scout.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Delaney Keeler, Colorado Springs, “The Pet Pal Program”


 

Delaney Keeler

Delaney Keeler
Colorado Springs
The Vanguard School
The Pet Pal Program

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a volunteer and education program for kids who are not old enough to volunteer at the Humane Society to complete.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I myself wanted to volunteer with the Humane Society but was not old enough. When I started working with a younger Girl Scout troop, they wanted to do a service project at the Humane Society.  Plus, my family fosters puppies until they are old enough to be adopted, so I am well aware of the problem of unwanted pets.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Now kids can volunteer with the Humane Society with the help of their parents or another adult. Kids will not only learn how responsible pet care, but can make a difference as well. As soon as kids become a Pet Pal then they can be contacted by the Humane Society for other volunteer programs.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership and communication skills as well time management and flexibility.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember most about my Gold Award is not only the hours and the hard work, but, in the end, the smiles on the girls’ faces of the Girl Scout troop I work with as we completed the requirements of this program together.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

It made me more aware of the variety of types of communication that are necessary when working with many individuals. It has definitely made me more confident. If I can complete a project such as this and not give up, it makes my dreams seem much more possible.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I have been a Girl Scout in three states. I have camped as a Girl Scout in four countries. I have been to Our Chalet. Plus, I am a 4th generation Girl Scout, but the first in my family to earn the Gold Award. As I become an adult, this is the best possible way to transition my role as a Girl Scout to one day being a leader just like my mom, grandma, aunt and great-grandmother.

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Pay Camp Fees By 4/30/14 at 11:59pm to Get Early Bird Pricing!


Resident Camp Early Bird Pricing ends April 30 at 11:59pm!

Pay your entire resident camp balance prior to April 30  at 11:59pm to lock in the lowest price possible. We will not automatically run credit cards on file, so please take action below to make sure you get Early Bird pricing!

How to make payments:

  1. Log into CampInTouch here and choose “Financial Management” (use Google Chrome or Firefox browsers for best results)
  2. Call our customer support line from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm to make a payment over the phone at 877-404-5708
  3. Mail your payment to PO Box 9407 Denver, CO 80209; mailed payments musts be received prior to April 30 for processing, as the prices automatically go up after that time.

 

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Carly U-Ren, Grand Junction, “Memory Books for Dementia Patients”


 

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Carly U-Ren
Grand Junction
Fruita Monument High School
Memory Books for Dementia Patients

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I made beautiful Memory Books for a dementia unit in my hometown. These books are used to help spark memories in the patients, and are used by staff, families and volunteers. I volunteered with the patients to keep them busy doing exercise groups, games and socializing.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I volunteered at a nursing home and saw how board the patients were and that they needed something to do. I did some research and found out about Memory Books and made them for the patients. I also volunteered, when possible, and worked with the patients doing different activities to keep them active and engaged.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I provided five books and four baby dolls to a local center, and I got a local school to continue making these books for other dementia centers in my area. I also recruited other students from the area to volunteer at the dementia center so the patients would have more visitors to help keep them busy.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned about dementia. I learned to be assertive in asking for donations for my books and to keep my project going forward. I am now more comfortable talking in front of groups and to different business people. The project also taught me to budget my money.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember working with the dementia patients the most.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

It will help me be more confident and to not give up when you are pursuing something important.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award project teaches you to be independent and to pursue something you are passionate about. It teaches you to make a difference in the world.

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Program Aides – Lazy Acres Wilderness Wise wants you!


Calling all Program Aid’s! Wilderness Wise Troop camp is looking for some extra help from Program Aides. Wilderness Wise Troop camp is a unique camp where girls will be making their own outdoor survival kits, and learning how to use them. This program will include learning basic outdoor skills, how to handle the art of getting lost, and several other camp activities. Including games, awe-inspiring skits, Picasso-esque crafts, and daring nature exploration.

Program Aids are an essential part of any camp experience, PA’s can help make camp an unforgettable experience for any camper. We need your help to make this troop camp one that will never be forgotten.

Wilderness Wise will take place at Camp Lazy Acres in beautiful Colorado City Colorado. Camp Lazy Acres is one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s most striking properties.    Contact the director: jillmarostica@juno.com for questions, or register here.

All Program Aides must have completed their Training and Internship prior to attending camp.

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Junior troop in Grandby works toward a ‘No Idle Zone’ at their school


Submitted by Brenda Freeman
Grandby

Junior Troop 1665 out of Granby is working toward making the school pick-up lane a “No Idle Zone”. Girls are educating the students and parents about the dangers of exhaust fumes. Our troop was completing the Journey, It’s your Planet Love it, Innovate Award. The girls: Identify an energy issue in the community, research it, create a plan, and carried it out. Then shared the news, and are reflecting on what they accomplished. The troop designed posters to be displayed around the school. They also created a letter to go out to the parents describing the dangers of exhaust fumes. They developed a 2-minute skit that was presented in front of the entire school, which includes a made up song and dance. Lastly, the girls will be talking to the drivers of cars before school is out, praising those who have turned their car off and ask those who haven’t to please turn their engines off. The final step will be to place a No Idle Zone sign in front of the school. These last two steps will be fulfilled in the near weeks.

 

Article about the project in Sky-Hi News

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

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