Girl Scout project helps keep Denver clean
By Lindsey Corell

When Girl Scout Ambassador Jayden Bahlmann needed to work on a project to help out her community, she wanted it to be something that would benefit all Denver citizens. She knew her idea of placing “Doggy Pick-Up Bags” stations would continue to keep Denver a beautiful place to live and help pet owners in the process.

The highest award that a Girl Scout can receive is the Girl Scout Gold Award. Requirements for the award include being a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, completing 80 hours of work towards the project and following certain steps to complete the project. The steps include: identifying an issue, investigating the issue thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting the plan and gathering feedback, taking action and finally, educating and inspiring.

Bahlmann, who has been a Girl Scout since she was in Kindergarten, started thinking of an idea for the Gold Award project in early 2020. She noticed in a city hall announcement that they were asking community members to clean up after their pets in the parks and throughout town. It was then that Bahlmann got the idea of installing stations around town with bags to make it easier for pet owners to clean up while out walking their pets.

After coming up with the idea, Bahlmann’s first step was to send in her proposal to Girl Scouts leaders. After going over the proposal and giving feedback to Bahlmann, the leaders approved her idea. Bahlmann then went to a town hall meeting and explained the project to Denver city council members. The members voted and all approved Bahlmann’s project and asked that she make the stations in Denver colors.

Due to certain circumstances, there were issues on fundraising the money needed for Bahlmann to work on the project. Bahlmann’s troop, Troop 6013 out of Waverly, wanted to help and gave her the funds needed for the supplies needed to complete the project. Nagle Signs donated the labels and metal signs for the station containers. Bahlmann created the station containers from PVC piping material. She painted them maroon and yellow.

Once the containers were ready, Bahlmann placed metal posts in the five parks around Denver. Bahlmann added 40 bags inside each container and placed them on the posts. Bahlmann placed three stations at City Park, two at Prestien Park, two at Brandt Park, two at the park on Forrest Ave and one at Diercks Park. Bahlmann put roughly 120 hours into completing the project.

“I hope people see there is a need for them and will pick up after their pets to keep the parks clean,” said Bahlmann.

Prior to her Gold Award project, Bahlmann completed the Silver Award project and Bronze Award project. For the Silver Award, Bahlmann placed a drop box at Brothers Market for people to donate items for the Cedar Bend Humane Society. For the Bronze Award, she created felt learning boards for elementary teachers and students.

For her completion of the Gold Award, Bahlmann will receive a congratulatory letter, patches and a certificate. She will also be eligible for a Gold Award Scholarship.

Bahlmann graduated from Denver High School on May 30. She is the daughter of Mike and Bev Bahlmann. She plans to attend Hawkeye Community College and enter the Dental Hygiene program.
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