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  • Nominate a Volunteer for a Girl Scout Award!


    Think of the last time you saw a volunteer do something amazing: a leader who went out of their way to help girls reach a goal or attend and activity; a service team member who went above and beyond to help you succeed. Girl Scouts is possible because of volunteers just like this who give their time and talent to make the world a better place for girls. What better way to say "thank you" than to nominate them for a Girl Scout award?

    There are all kinds of Girl Scout awards available to recognize the many different people - leaders, parents, friends in the community, service team members - who make Girl Scouting happen:

    • Is there a brand new leader who has been outstanding in their first year? Check out the Rising Star award designed for leaders new to Girl Scouts.
    • How about an inspiring experienced volunteer who is a shining example of an ideal leader? Try the Guiding Star award.
    • What about the parent or volunteer in your troop who loves the outdoors and shares that passion with girls? They could receive the Outdoor Enthusiast award.
    • That service team member whom your area would flounder without? They deserve the national level Appreciation Pin.

    Whatever a volunteer's strengths, there's ...



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  • Our Commitment to You


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    Dear Girl Scouts,

    As we exit a contentious election season and look toward the future for our girls, we are mindful that many girls and families are feeling upset and unsafe.

    We at Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington want you to know that we are committed to offering a safe, inclusive, welcoming space for all girls and their families. As has always been the case in Girl Scouting and is supported by our council policies, acts of discrimination, bullying, harassment or any form of hate will not be tolerated.

    If you have experienced or observed any such acts, please contact your volunteer support staff or feel free to contact me directly. This type of behavior is not acceptable, will be taken seriously and addressed.

    As a member of our Girl Scout community, I ask that you act as an ally of your fellow Girl Scouts and not be a bystander in the face of discrimination or bigotry. Our differences are opportunities to have respectful conversations. It’s more important than ever to listen to understand those di...



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  • Join Us for Summer Camp 101


    Join us for an open-house style event to meet camp staff, ask questions, see a slideshow of camp facilities and programs, and learn about all the fun your camper will have this summer! Presentations will begin every 30 minutes.

    BEND | In-person event cancelled due to weather. To participate in a live webinar session, join the meeting anytime 1-3 p.m. on December 3 (presentations begin every 30 minutes). To participate via phone, dial (646) 749-3112 and use access code 774-473-245.

    EUGENE | NEW LOCATION: Eugene Service Center (72C Centennial Loop, Suite 300, Eugene, OR)
    December 3, 2016, 1-3 p.m.
    March 18. 2017, 1-3 p.m.

    MEDFORD | Medford Service Center (2001 N Keene Way Dr., Medford, OR 97504)
    December 3, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

    PORTLAND | Portland Service Center (9620 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219)
    December 3, 2016, 1-3 p.m.
    March 18, 2017, 1-3 p.m.

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Amber Ruiz-Burleson


    Amber Ruiz-Burleson was nominated for the Volunteer of Excellence award for her exceptional service to Service Unit 22 and enthusiasm for making Girl Scouts happen in Eastern Oregon. Amber initially joined Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington as a troop leader, but her excitement for the GS program inspired her to both join the service team and become a council trainer.

    Joining the service unit as a troop leader, Amber saw a need and joined the service team as the event and travel coordinator in order to help troops in the area do even more as Girl Scouts. After participating in a rare Outdoor Skills class offered in the area, Amber took the initiative to learn more about what it takes to be a council trainer in order to fill a large hole in her community. She traveled halfway across the state to participate in the annual GSOSW All-Trainers Conference and joined the training corps in order to bring in-person training to other leaders in Service Unit 22.

    Amber serves not only the leaders in her area but also works directly with girls by showing them ways to give back their community. She coordinated an Earth Day project for the service unit by partnering with the Hermiston community garden to offer a day of service in which troops could participate. Troops worked to weed, till and install drip lines in the garden plots in order to prepare them for planting. The day was topped off with a potluck lunch for all to enjoy.

    Amber provides much needed volun...



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  • Happy Birthday Juliette Gordon Low!


    October 31 is a special day – it’s our founder’s birthday! Juliette Gordon Low was born on October 31, 1860 which means this Halloween is her 156th birthday. Stop by the Girl Scout Shops in Bend, Eugene, Medford and Portland to enjoy themed tea party celebrations and a 10% discount (excludes earned awards and starter/choice kits)!

  • Friendship: Help Her Find Her Girl Squad


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Help Her Find Her Girl Squad

    Think about that one friend of yours—the one you’ve known forever, who remembers your goofiest fashion moments, who’s cheered you on through every adventure (and, okay, a few misadventures), who you can go without seeing for months and pick right back up as if no time has passed at all. There’s no question you want your daughter to have the same kind of amazing friendships in her life, so do her a solid and steer her in the right social direction.

    Show Her the Fun of Friendship
    Your daughter probably knows several of your friends, so try telling her about how you met, whether it was in line at the grocery store or at school when you were younger. Understanding that you had to go through the whole getting-to-know-you process will give her more confidence in her own social skills—and get her excited about all the opportunities to make new friends.

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  • Friendship: Make Her First Sleepover a Success


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Make Her First Sleepover a Success

    Slumber parties are the Most. Fun. Ever. But is your daughter ready for a night away from home? Our Chief Girl Expert, Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald will help you send her off with confidence.

    Think back: Your memories of childhood sleepovers are likely filled with giggles, whispered promises of friendship, and so much fun you begged to stay just a little longer when your parents came to pick you up. What you might not realize is that those experiences helped shape you into the resilient, confident, and generous woman you are today—and they can do the same for your daughter, too.

    Make Sure She’s Ready Because all girls socially mature at different rates, there’s no hard and fast age at which you should start exploring sleepovers with your little one. To determine whether your daughter is prepared for this new adventure, Dr. Bastiani...



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  • Medford Sneak Peek CANCELLED Due to Severe Weather


    In response to high wind warnings and severe weather expected this weekend in the Rogue Valley, the Medford Service Center Friends and Family Sneak Peek scheduled for Saturday, October 15 has been CANCELLED. Your safety is our top priority, and concerns about outdoor activities and travel conditions led to our decision to cancel this event.

    Please stay tuned for future opportunities to celebrate the renewed Medford Service Center space. Wishing you a safe weekend!

  • Friendship: Your Girl Doesn't Have to Be Friends With Everyone


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Newsflash: Your Girl Doesn't Have to Be Friends With Everyone

    You want a lot of things for your daughter, and a life rich in friendships is definitely among them. Having a great partner in crime (or two or three or five!) will give her a sense of belonging, enrich her sense of self, teach her about compassion and loyalty, and boost her confidence as she grows up and experiences all life has to offer.

    Friends are special in our lives. They’re the ones we count on when times get tough. They’re the ones who share our secrets and make every day more fun. Friends are precious, which is why they’re likened to precious metals in one of the most famous Girl Scout songs of all time. But although the beloved lyrics insist we should “make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold,” nowhere do they say “and by the way, you have to be friends with everybody”— which might be hard to swallow in this age o...



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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Libby Odren


    Libby Odren was nominated for the Appreciation Pin for her outstanding service to Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington and ongoing dedication to her service area and the girls they serve. Libby is an active member of service unit 2 in Vancouver, Washington, and the “go to” person on a small service team. Each year, the team has vacant positions whose duties the team splits to ensure no gaps are left for volunteers in the service unit. Every year, Libby steps up to make sure nothing falls through the cracks, whether that means focusing on recruitment or collecting forms from troops wanting to travel.

    Libby has gone above and beyond what is expected of members of the service team while also leading a troop of her own. Having been a troop leader for the past seven years, Libby also holds the role of service unit treasurer and focuses her extra energy on events and opportunities for troops in the area. She makes sure that each year there is a leader-daughter campout, volunteer appreciation event, and service unit campout for all girls—even Girl Scout Daisies! She also goes out of her way every year to help new and experienced troops alike with any and all questions about their financials to ensure the year end process goes smoothly for everyone. Libby is an amazing volunteer who is dedicated to making things happen for the local girls in the Ridgefield and West Vancouver area.

    Do you know a rock star volunteer you want to recognize? Check out our ...



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  • Life Skills: 6 Tricks to Boost Her Confidence Today


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    6 Tricks to Boost Her Confidence Today

    You want your daughter to dream big and achieve huge things in her life—and the first step to that kind of success is helping her to believe she can do anything she sets her mind to. Steal these six boost-her-up secrets from Girl Scouts’ resident Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald and watch her confidence soar.

      Catch her being clever Kids are so terrific at observing life’s funniest, most puzzling, and inspiring moments. When your daughter helps you see a situation in a different light, tell her why what she said is so interesting and how she changed your thinking. It matters to her that you’re really listening, and that you appreciate what she has to contribute (which is a lot!). Switch up the compliments If she’s used to being praised on her looks (or even her singing voice or on her soccer prowess), make sure to tell h...


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  • Life Skills: How to Raise Independent Kids (Without Losing Your Mind)


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    How to Raise Independent Kids (Without Losing Your Mind)

    Raising independent children is a major goal of healthy parenting and obviously so important. They’ll do better in school, be less likely to give into peer pressure when they know something isn’t right, have brighter careers, and generally know how to take care of themselves in a healthy, happy way.

    But there is one thing you’re going to have to do if you’re going to instill her with an independent spirit—you’re going to have to let go a bit. And loosening the reigns can come with a teeny bit of parenting anxiety. “You’ll likely always think of her as your little girl—no matter how old she is—and your instinct might be to want to keep a watch over her and hold her hand through everything she does,” says Girl Scouts Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. “The truth is, though, that by giving her age-appropriate levels of independence...



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  • Life Skills: Teach Her to Shut Down Haters With Confidence


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Teach Her to Shut Down Haters With Confidence

    We’re all working to create a more peaceful world, where people are respectful of each other and bullying is a thing in the past, but in the meantime, there’s a good chance your daughter will encounter at least one instance of someone talking behind her back or hurting her feelings at school. Hearing that your girl is going through a hard time can be heartbreaking, but instead of immediately stepping in and trying to fix the situation for her, Girl Scouts Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald says it’s better to arm her with ways to handle the situation herself if possible. “You won’t always be there to help her get through these kinds of situations,” she says, “so giving her the skills to both cope and make a situation better on her own will truly help her in life.”

    Your daughter might think she’s dealing with a hater, but the truth is that neither she nor you know...



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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Debbie Cox


    Debbie Cox was nominated for the Honor Pin for her exemplary service as a Girl Scout volunteer. Living in North Bend on the southern coast of Oregon, she manages a service unit that runs all the way from Reedsport to the California border. Debbie is a driving force behind a thriving Girl Scout community in service unit 62 and is the face of Girl Scouting in that area. As service unit manager and council trainer Debbie almost single-handedly supported her SU during a time of great transition. When GSOSW’s staff representative moved from North Bend to Medford, Debbie stepped in to keep the area functioning and was instrumental during the transition acting as council representative for the community.

    Troops thrive and grow under Debbie’s supervision and leadership. As a member of the GSOSW trainer corps, she connects and works closely with all new volunteers in the area. She guides these brand new Girl Scout leaders to complete their required training and welcomes them into her home to take part in small group training classes.

    Debbie is the rock and the foundation of service unit 62 and goes above and beyond every day for the girls. She acts as a sounding board for leaders and parents, keeps the service unit moving forward, and does her best to solve conflicts that arise. She is a mentor to everyone and exemplifies the Girl Scout Leadership Experience wherever she goes. Debbie ensures Girl Scouting happens wherever she is for the betterment of the community....



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  • School Success: The Simple (& Sane!) After-School Schedule You'll All Agree On


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    The Simple (& Sane!) After-School Schedule You'll All Agree On

    She wants to play video games, but you’d rather she was studying her times tables? With this plan from Girl Scouts Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald, you’ll both be happy—andyes, the homework will get done!

    You know how there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing off items from your to-do list? Whether she realizes it or not, your daughter gets the same feeling of accomplishment from having a game plan and finishing the tasks laid out for her. “There’s so much in life that we can’t predict or control,” says Dr. Bastiani Archibald. “Daily routines help kids feel safe, while teaching them the incredibly important skill of time management.” And an after-school schedule might be the most important of all, since it’ll ensure that she finishes school work, has time for a relaxed family meal, and actually gets to sleep at a decent hour....



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  • Money Matters: Help Her Be Financially Savvy For Life (Even If You Aren't!)


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Help Her Be Financially Savvy For Life

    Your girl is going to need to know how make smart decisions when negotiating pay, budgeting, spending, saving, and investing later in life—and it’ll all be a lot easier for her if she starts learning now.  And the great news is that you don’t have to be a financial whiz to help her learn all about money matters. Borrow these fun (yes, we said fun!) ways to help your daughter get comfortable managing money. She’ll learn a lot in the process, and you just might pick up a thing or two as well!

      Play with money When your girl is old enough to do very basic math (addition and subtraction), get some fake money at a toy store, or make your own using colorful construction paper—your girl can help!—and then set up a “shop” with some of her toys and books. Put prices on the objects and then give her some of the fake money to spend. She’ll love play-acting a situation she sees...


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  • Life Skills: Set Her Up for an Amazing Career


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Set Her Up for an Amazing Career

    Who runs the world? Girls! Or at least they will soon. This generation of girls (probably including your daughter!) is seemingly more career-minded than any generation before them. Not so sure about that? Let’s look at the facts: a 2013 study by the Girl Scouts Research Institute found that 98 percent of girls want to have a job or career when they grow up, and that eight out of ten would rather make their own money than marry someone who could support them financially.

    All that said, your ambitious girl likely has big ideas and dreams about her future in the working world, so follow these tips to help make her dreams come true!

      Take her to work  If you have a career yourself—be it catering, woodworking, or managing the budget of a local company—make sure your daughter knows what it is you do at work all day by actually taking her with you once in a while! Take Our...


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  • Life Skills: Scout Out Her Passions


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Scout Out Her Passions

    Remember the thrill you felt when you scored your first ever soccer goal? Or how proud you felt getting flowers after a school play? Those experiences weren’t just fun ways to make new friends, they helped make you the confident, ambitious woman you are today. Plus, experts say kids who participate in extracurricular activities could actually do better in school. “Out-of-school experiences help girls develop real skills like teamwork and perseverance—skills that she’ll need to do well in school and throughout her life,” says Girl Scouts Chief Girl Expert, Developmental Psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald. With these tips, it’ll be fun and easy to find the right fit for your growing girl.

    Explore Your Options Check your school, parks and recreation department, museums, libraries, and community centers for activities that might be fun to try out. Additionally, ask other parents what the...



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  • Making Friends: 7 Simple Icebreakers Girls Will Love


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    7 Simple Icebreakers Girls Will Love

    Being reserved or even shy shouldn’t stop your girl from having a super fun social life! If she’s having trouble making friends, suggest some of these oh-so-simple ice breakers that will help her meet new kids and hopefully form lifelong friendships!

      “The cat on your shirt is so cute! I love cats, too—do you have one?” Teach her to look for cues that she and the other person have something in common, like a character that might be on her clothing or lunch bag. “Have you read anything cool lately?” Asking about something particular, like a book she may have read or a movie she may have seen, gives them a clear subject to talk about and can lead to plenty of other topics. Just make sure she has a book in mind to talk about in case the girl wants to know what she’s been reading, too! “I thought the story you wrote was awesome! What made you w...


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  • 6 Everyday Ways to Bust Gender Stereotypes


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    6 Everyday Ways to Bust Gender Stereotypes

    Want to make sure the girls in your life know they can do and be anything they want? Then it’s time to flex some muscle and start busting gender stereotypes! Girl Scouts’ Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. puts it this way: “Kids have this amazing, natural ability to see the world as limitless, but when adults signal that certain things or behaviors are off limits for kids based on their gender, their worlds get smaller and smaller—and that’s not just sad, it can be damaging as well.”

    Obviously, every parent has the best intentions, but sometimes it’s possible to unknowingly promote stereotypes that can fence your girl in. To make sure she understands she can accomplish anything she wants in life, try these six easy tips and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same!

      Let toys be toys—for girls and boys!&...


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  • Beaverton teenager takes a meaningful summer vacation


    Via Beaverton Valley Times:

    Beaverton 16-year-old Carmen Reddick’s summer vacation was a little different than most of her peers.

    While many area teenagers spent their summers playing sports, working part-time jobs or traveling to see family or on vacation, Reddick wanted to make her time away from school more meaningful.

    Reddick, a Girl Scout from Beaverton, completed the Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge Destination with Outward Bound Costa Rica. During the 14-day course, Reddick contributed to two major service-learning projects and pushed her limits with adventure activities.

    “My trip was completely amazing and different,” she said. “I will forever remember the places, the food and the people.”

    Read the full article at PortlandTribune.com »

  • Money Matters: Should You Give Her an Allowance?


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Should You Give Her an Allowance?

    Whether or not to give kids an allowance, and how to do it right, can be a topic of hot debate among parents. “People differ strongly on this,” says Girl Scouts Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archiblad. “Many parents tend to revert to whatever they had growing up—but denying your child an allowance just because you didn’t have one isn’t a great idea. You’re doing your girl a disservice if you wait until she can legally make money to learn how to manage finances.”

    Getting an allowance, and then making financial decisions with the money she accumulates over time, will teach her about the difference between wants and needs, the rewards of saving, and yes, even the dangers of impulse spending. “If your girl puts away her allowance for two months to get a new game or toy she’s been wanting, she’ll appreciate it and value it even more than if it was just handed to her,” Dr. Bastiani Arc...



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  • Medford Service Center Update


    The fresh new look at the Medford Service Center is almost complete! This remodel to the south side of the building will bring you an improved shopping and service experience.

    While we work on the finishing touches this month, here are some important dates to know:

    • The Medford Girl Scout shop will be CLOSED August 17.
    • The Medford Service Center and shop will be CLOSED August 18-19.

    Thank you for your patience during the remodel! We are excited to share the new space with you soon.

    Questions about the remodel? Email us at answers@girlscoutsosw.org or call 800-433-9288.

  • GSOSW Announces Addition of S’mores Cookie to 2017 Cookie Lineup


    Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will add one of the new cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®.

    Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.

    This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts.

    To celebrate the new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies, local Girl Scouts gathered around the campfire to create their version of the ultimate s’more. Today, they’re challenging consumers to share how they “s’more” on social media, using #NationalSmoresDay and #GirlScoutsOSW.

    The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores i...



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  • Life Skills: Raise Her to Be a Team Player


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Raise Her to Be a Team Player

    One quality every leader really needs? Being able to work well as part of a team. Leaders who understand the need to pitch in, who take pride in contributing to the greater good, and who see the benefits of their work are typically more effective and happy in their lives. Plus? They’re a whole lot more employable.

    There are lots of ways you can raise your girl to be a team player—from signing her up for team sports like softball or soccer to getting her involved in a Girl Scout troop—but one of the best ways starts right at home with basic chores. “Your family is the first team your girl will ever belong to,” says Girl Scouts’ Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald. “Chores can help her recognize and appreciate her role and value within the family unit—especially if you start her out on chores when she’s young.”

    And there’s apparently no such thing as too young to help around...



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  • Girl Scouts get in the game with Pokémon GO


    Despite being miles from most Poke Stops and off the digital grid for the week, campers at Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s Camp Arrowhead have found a way to get in the game with Pokémon GO – but not in the way you might expect.

    Using only a route map and compass, campers adventure through Douglas Firs and around Home Lake in search of hand-drawn versions of their favorite Pokémon characters. The camp-friendly take on the popular game is the brainchild of Arrowhead’s CITs, or counselors-in-training, who designed the story scenarios, set the courses and hid the hand-drawn characters around camp.

    Ranging in age from 14-17, the CITs developed this version of the digital craze to help younger campers learn about navigation skills and develop a curiosity for nature. While in search of the characters, each misstep, course correction and target found helps girls improve their sense of direction and navigational abilities (useful at home and in the forest!), and build self-reliance, self-esteem and decision making ability.

    “The girls are foremost learning about orienteering, which I personally feel is an amazing life skill to have and very applicable skill in life,” explained CIT Director Jamie. “The secondary skills the girls work on are communication and leadership. Each girl has the opportunity to take charge and lead their group to the spot in their direction and if the group gets confused or misdirected they need to work as a group to bac...



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  • Money Matters: Help Her Save for a Big Purchase


    You want the best for your girl, at home, at school and in life. That's why Girl Scouts is happy to share straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything from family pets to more serious issues like bullying and school struggles. Follow along with us as we share some of our favorite articles, and discover them all on GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls page. Together, we can take the guesswork out of parenting and bring the fun back in!

    Help Her Save for a Big Purchase

    You love your girl, so it’s only natural to want to fulfill her every desire and dream. In fact, like many parents, you probably sometimes wish you had even more to give her. All that said, there are times when the greatest gift you could give your girl is to not give her the things she wants, and instead to help her earn and save up for them herself. “That’s part of the gift of financial independence, one of the greatest gifts of all,” says Girl Scouts’ Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani-Archibald. “Learning how to budget money and spend it well at an early age can help her confidently make financial decisions for the rest of her life.”

    And the truth is, this kind of real-life experience with money is something girls are hungry for. In a recent study conducted by Girl Scouts Research Institute, the top three financial literacy skills girls said t...



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  • The Medford Service Center is Getting a New Look!


    We’re excited to share that the Medford Service Center is getting a fresh new look! We will be remodeling the shop and office spaces on the south side of the service center, offering an improved shopping and service experience.

    Some important dates to know:

    • The service center and shop will be CLOSED June 22-23.
    • Beginning June 24, the service center staff and shop will operate out of the auditorium and conference room on the north side of the building until August 1, 2016. The service center will be OPEN during the remodel.

    Thank you for your patience during the remodel! We are excited to share the new space with you in August.

    Questions about the remodel? Email us atanswers@girlscoutsosw.org or call 800-433-9288.

  • Girl Scouts USA Leadership Transition


    Dear Girl Scouts,

    As a valued member of the Girl Scout community, I want to be sure you are aware of news released this week regarding a transition of leadership at Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

    In a press release sent June 15, GSUSA shared the following message:

     “Sylvia Acevedo, a member of the organization's National Board of Directors and longtime advocate for Hispanic, girls', and women's causes, has been appointed interim chief executive officer. She succeeds Anna Maria Chávez, who has served as CEO of GSUSA since 2011.

    Earlier this month, Ms. Chávez notified the National Board of Directors of her desire to actively explore a return to public service. Ms. Chávez and the National Board have mutually agreed on an effective departure date of June 30, 2016. Ms. Chavez will assist Ms. Acevedo in her transition to interim CEO.

    Kathy H. Hannan, President of GSUSA's Board of Directors, said the organization would begin an immediate national search to find a permanent successor to Ms. Chávez.”

    For more information about this transition, I encourage you to read the full press release. 

    A proud Girl Scout, engineer, rocket scientist, and passionate advocate for both girls and Girl Scouts, Sylv...



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  • Announcing the 2016 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction: Sally Bany and Dr. Judith A. Ramaley


    Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) will honor two exceptional, pioneering women for their distinguished service, excellence in leadership and important contributions as role models for girls.

    Sally Bany and Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, both Girl Scout alumnae, will receive the 2016 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Award at a special luncheon Wednesday, September 14, at the Portland Hilton Hotel.

    Sally Bany began her career with Columbia Sportswear and operated its retail division. She continues to serve on its board of directors. She and her husband Dave own Moonstruck Chocolate Company. They co-founded two non-profits: Youth Music Project, which provides music education for youth; and World of Speed Museum, which features motorsports culture and teaches young people about opportunities available in the auto industry. The Banys also founded the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation to honor Sally’s grandmother, a Girl Scout troop leader for over 35 years at Shriners Hospital. The primary granting focus is to improve the lives of children.

    Dr. Judith A. Ramaley is President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. In addition to serving as president of Portland State University, she has served as president of Winona State University in Minnesota and the University of Vermont. While at the National Science Foundation, she held a...



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  • Girl Scout spreads the word about a threat to pets


    Via The World:

    Xylitol. Remember that name.

    Even if you forget, you'll probably be hearing a lot about it in the weeks to come, thanks to Devan Nasby, a 14-year-old Cadette Girl Scout from Hauser.

    As part of the requirements for her Silver Award — the highest a Cadette can earn — Nasby has created a campaign to educate people about the danger that the artificial sweetener xylitol poses to dogs, cats and other pets.

    She's developed two brochures explaining the hazard — one for vets' offices, and another for dentist's offices, where gum with xylitol is sold. She's got a trifold board and a presentation that she's hoping to give to local clubs. She's contacting local TV and radio stations. She created a Facebook page, Check For X, devoted to spreading the word. And on Thursday, she sat down with a reporter to explain this little-known hazard.

    To humans, xylitol is just a sweetener — one that's often incorporated into sugar-free gum or mints because it helps strengthen tooth enamel.

    But when dogs and other small animals eat xylitol, it causes their blood sugar to drop to a lethally low level. "The worst that can happen is they would either go into a coma or they would die, from just eating the smallest amount of xylitol,"...



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  • Girl Scout Membership Dues Update


    Dear Girl Scouts,

    Recently, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced that the annual membership fee will increase to $25 with the 2018 membership year starting October 1, 2017. This change will include membership renewals completed during the Early Bird and Spring Renewal periods in spring 2017.

    Every dollar of the annual membership fee is sent to GSUSA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement, including accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, research, resources, training, and services to councils.

    For information about why this decision was made and how the increase may affect you, I encourage you to read this letter from Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, Anna Maria Chavez and to review the FAQs available on Girl Scouts USA’s website.

    Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington remains committed to ensuring that all girls can participate in Girl Scouts, regardless of their financial situation. Our financial assistance program will continue to offer support to those who may not otherwise be able to participate.

    A Girl Scout membership is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in a girl’s life. Thank you for making the investment in your girl.

    Sincerely,...



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  • Early Bird Renewal Extended through May 16


    The Early Bird Renewal period has been extended through May 16, which means you have two extra weeks to take advantage of a bunch of great rewards!

    So why the extension? As we were dropping girls’ hard earned Cookie Credit in the mailbox this week, we realized that most girls wouldn’t get their credit in time to use it for Early Bird Renewal. And that would be a bummer! So we’re extending the deadline – for all Girl Scouts, not just those that sold cookies.

    Be sure to renew your membership by May 16 to take advantage of these great rewards.

  • We want to hear your opinions about Girl Scouts—good or bad.


    At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

    In early April, Girl Scouts of the USA emailed invitations to take part in a national survey called Girl Scout Voices Count. The purpose of this survey is to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs.

    Please check your email inbox for information on how to participate. We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Got questions? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

  • Honoring the Past: Beulah Richards, a pillar in developing Camp Whispering Winds


    BEULAH MELISSA THORPE RICHARDS
    March 15, 1917 - Oct. 9, 2007


    Beulah was born in a rustic cabin in Puyallup, Washington on March 15, 1917 to Henry Joseph Thorpe and Mary Parthena Reed Thorpe during the family's several year sojourn from Ohio.

    In 1933 at the age of 16, Beulah graduated from high school as class valedictorian. She went on to attend business school in Akron, Ohio and upon graduation, went to work in the Akron office of Pittsburgh Plate Glass in the wholesale division.

    During World War II, she started corresponding with a soldier named Clyde Richards, who was born and raised in the same part of Ohio. In 1944 Beulah received a letter from her brother's wife Elinor, asking if she would consider writing back to Clyde who had been in the South Pacific for more than 10 months. Beulah agreed, and so in July of 1944 from "Somewhere in the Pacific" (that is all you could write without it being censored), Clyde wrote to Beulah and a fine mutual correspondence followed.

    Clyde was wounded in combat while near the Philippines and was shipped to Colorado Springs, Colorado for further treatment, rehabilitation and convalescence. Beulah and her mother traveled to Colorado where Clyde and Beulah were married on November 3, 1945. Beulah and her mother then traveled to Corvallis, Oregon to get Clyde's house ready for his arrival and on November 22, Clyde was discharged from the army, making it ho...



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  • Celebrate Girl Scout Week!


    Girl Scout Week is March 6-12, 2016! This special week is a longstanding tradition dating back to the mid-1900s. A Girl Scout Handbook dated 1940 describes Girl Scout Week as a time when, "Girl Scouts make a special effort to tell the community what they're doing and why they ask for help to carry on their program."

    There are lots of ways to celebrate Girl Scout Week - here are just a few ideas to help get you started!

    Sunday 3/6/16: Girl Scout Sunday - A traditional opportunity for girls to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. Monday 3/7/16: Girl Scout Spirit Day! Wear your uniform or a Girl Scout t-shirt to show your Girl Scout spirit. Tuesday 3/8/16: Citizenship Day - Take part in a flag ceremony or service project. Wednesday 3/9/16: Outdoors Day - Take a nature scavenger hunt or play games outside. Thursday 3/10/16: International Friendship Day - Learn about a country and prepare a traditional meal, or begin writing letter to a far away pen pal! Friday 3/11/16: Arts Day - Visit an art museum or try a new craft Saturday 3/12/16: Girl Scout Sabbath - A traditional opportunity for girls to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout....



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  • Honoring the Past: The Girl Scout History Volunteer Award


    On this #ThrowbackThursday, we take a look back on the life of Judy A. Boling, GSOSW's first recipient of the Girl Scout History Volunteer Award. This national historical award, bestowed by local Girl Scout councils, is earned by volunteering a minimum of 200 hours to the GSOSW Historical Committee. Our thanks to Judy for her years of service to Girl Scouts, particularly for her work ensuring Girl Scout history is preserved for years to come!


    LIFE AND WORK
    Judy A. Boling was born in Madras, India on June 19, 1921 to Carroll Eugene Atwood & Frances Ayrer Atwood. Judy’s father, Gene Atwood, was a Singer Sewing Machine representative in India, first in Madras, and later in Bombay. 

    While in India, Judy attended a non-denominational Christian boarding school in Kodailanal, in the Palni Hills of south India (1000 miles away from her family home). Every few years Judy traveled to the U.S. on furlough with her family through the Suez Canal. In 1933, she, her sister Jean, and their mother, Frances, returned to the U.S. permanently so the girls could finish school in the States.  They settled in San Antonio, where Judy met the love of her life, Jack Boling. The two graduated from high school in 1938. 

    She received an Associate of Arts degree from San Antonio Junior College in 1940. She worked for a printer, and for the rest of her life, she was an excellent proofreader.

    Judy and Jack married on A...



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  • Snap a Cookie Pic, Win a Case of Cookies!


    GS Cookiegram Challenge
    February 26 – March 25, 2016

    Are you ready to be a “creative cookie” and have some fun? Simply take a cool photo or selfie with your favorite Girl Scout Cookie and upload it to Instagram using @girlscouts and the hashtag #GSCookiegram.

    Enter every day if you like, but no more than once per 24-hour period. Then, rally your crew to vote for your pic for your chance to be one of four winners selected to win a case of your favorite Girl Scout Cookie. The photos with the most votes win! De-lish!

    HOW TO ENTER:

    • Follow @Girlscouts on Instagram 
    • Upload a creative photo of/with a Girl Scout Cookie to Instagram using #GSCookiegram and tag @girlscouts.
    • Winners will be selected each Friday by 5 p.m. EST (During the contest dates of February 26 - March 25, 2016) 

    Please refer to the Official Rules for additional details.

  • Event and Training Registration is Getting Easier!


    We’re excited to share the news that event and training registration is getting easier! Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington is one of just six pilot councils launching the new “Activities” registration process. With this improvement, you will no longer need to log in to two separate sites to manage your individual, family or troop memberships and register for events and trainings – you can do it all through the Activities tabs on the Girl Scout Member Community (MyGS)!

    In addition to a more convenient sign-in process, Activities will bring several other benefits for troop leaders:

      More robust event information. When browsing the Events list on our website, prices and details on whether an event is full or cancelled will be easily visible without having to login to your MyGS account. Registration isn’t final until the payment stage. You can cancel your registration at any time prior to the payment stage – you no longer need to call GSOSW to do so! (After the payment stage, you will still need to contact GSOSW for support with cancellations. We’re happy to help!) Detailed, itemized receipts can be printed or emailed to parents or troop leaders at checkout, making financial records a breeze! Emergency contact and buddy information, where applicable, will also be included in the itemized receipt. Troop leaders now have the...


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  • Resident Camp Roots: The History of Arrowhead


    We invite your girl to be part of these traditions at resident camp!

    1943–1948: It all started with some property in Washington
    After a boom in membership and changing camp landscape (literally), it was decided that a larger camp location was needed for the council. A Girl Scout camp committee looked all over Oregon for the perfect site, visiting 16 different locations. The five year search ended on February 14, 1948 when the committee visited Wind Mountain, near Stevenson, Washington. The group of about eight gazed in wonder and said, “This is it.”

    The property at Wind Mountain was purchased in 1948. Mr. Edward McLain, the property owner, graciously contributed about half of the purchase price to Girl Scouts. The only buildings on the site at the time of purchase were a caretaker’s cottage, trapper’s cabin, and the Duck Lodge on Duck Lake. The 1,200 acres was originally named Wind Mountain. In July and August 1948 there were six, 5-day sessions of camp.

    1949: Building Camp Wind Mountain and community support
    The council began to build roads, erect buildings, establish a water system and bring in electric power. By 1949 plans for the main lodge and unit shelters were under construction.

    In August 1949, a Girl Scout Ceremony “Blessing of the House” was held. This ceremony is customary at the establishment and naming of a new camp. The camp was officially na...



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  • Resident Camp Roots: The History of Cleawox


    We invite your girl to be part of these traditions at resident camp! Sign her up before February 8, 2016 to receive a camp Nalgene® bottle in addition to a special resident camp t-shirt and patch.

    What's in a name?
    Cleawox, an English pronunciation for a Native American word meaning Clea = alder, Wox = paddle wood, is the name given to the adjacent lake and our beloved Camp Cleawox. It is said that large alders graced the shore of the lake from which canoe paddles were made by local Native Americans.

    1930s – Initial construction Girl Scouts began camping at the Camp Cleawox site before the signing of a property lease with the United States Forest Service on May 8, 1930. There were few facilities at that time, but between 1930 and 1937 several areas were cleared, shelters were built, trails were constructed and a crafts shop was established. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built these facilities, including the original lodge and Adirondack shelters, trails, etc., in the late 1930s. The 1937 plan document, “Cleawox Lake Organization Tract,” shows proposed structures, activity areas and trails. The orientation and locations of the structures shown were revised when the buildings were actually constructed and many of the proposed structures were never built. The structures used by the first Girl Scouts have all since been removed or destroyed by the harsh coasta...



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  • Robo Chicas take home 2nd place in FIRST® LEGO® League tournament


    Join us in congratulating the Girl Scouts from Troop 14106! These young ladies, known as the Robo Chicas, took second place in the a recent FIRST® LEGO® League tournament, a team-based engineering and science program for kids ages 9-14.  On December 5, 20 teams gathered in Salem to participate in this year’s TRASH TREK theme, a challenge to explore the hidden beauty of trash from collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse.

    Robo Chicas dared to discover the worth of discarded crayons by researching how long crayons made from a petroleum product spend in our landfills. They determined that we don’t have to throw out our old crayons because they can be reused and recycled! Girls collected broken and used crayons and gave them new life by melting them into new, fun shapes. Robo Chicas took the new crayons to shelters and hospitals and donated them to other children. They are also planning to send the reused crayons to children in Ecuador. The girls know that part of being a child is having the chance to draw and have fun creating art. They want to share that experience with children in their own communities and other parts of the world that may not have that opportunity.

    The girls learned that by melting the crayons down and reusing them they are not only giving other children the chance to explore their coloring creativity but are also helping to decrease the amounts o...



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  • GSOSW is participating in the 2015 FOX 12 Les Schwab Tire Centers Toy Drive!


    Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington is excited to participate in the 2015 FOX 12 Les Schwab Tire Centers Toy Drive!

    Donate new, unwrapped toys to our Portland Service Center now through December 9, 2015 to help bring joy to thousands of local kids and teens. Toys will benefit more than 100 non-profit organizations throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

    The Girl Scout troop that donates the most toys via our Portland Service Center drop-off location will have the opportunity to represent GSOSW live on FOX 12 on Friday, December 11, 2015! The winning troop will present all toys collected by Girl Scouts.

    TO PARTICIPATE:

    1. Drop off new, unwrapped toys to our Portland Service Center at 9620 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97219 by December 9, 2015. See drop-off hours and a list of toy suggestions below.
    2. When dropping off toys, be sure to fill out a drop-off form in order for your donation to be counted toward your troop’s total. Toys donated without a donation form or toys donated at other drop-off locations cannot be counted toward your troop’s total.

    A troop will be selected to represent Girl Scouts based on total donations received at the Portland Service Center as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9. The winning troop must be available to present toys during the live broadcast on Friday, December 11. If t...



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  • Invite a Friend to Start a Girl Scout Troop and Everybody Wins!


    As a Girl Scout volunteer, you introduce girls to fun new experiences every day. You’re their biggest fan, their guide, and their hero, and we need more amazing mentors just like you to impact even more girls.

    This November, invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, and get $50 to shop ‘til you drop at our online store. Your friend gets a Volunteer Resource Pack to help kick-start their Girl Scout experience, too!

    Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize … $100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack for each friend—awesome!

    Once your friend joins Girl Scouts as a troop leader, completes the volunteer application, and starts a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, head on over to girlscouts.org/inviteafriend to claim your prize.

    Offer ends 12/1/15—so don't delay!

    Questions? We’re here for you. Get answers at info@girlscouts.org. Please review official Terms & Conditions.

  • Vote for the Next Girl Scout Badge!


    Now through November 15, girls can vote for their favorite of three awesome badge categories, and one topic under that category. That’s right. It’s Girls’ Choice, and we can’t wait to find out who the winner is! Encourage every Girl Scout you know to speak up and vote today. Learn more now!

  • Femme Fête event raises $5,136 for Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program


    On October 14, the law firm of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn hosted its 9th annual Femme Fête, honoring its female attorneys and clients, and other notable women. Almost 175 executive-level women attended, including Judge Adrienne Nelson, who is the chair of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars advisory board and the winner of the 2015 President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. Her award will be presented to her at the Oregon State Bar Annual Awards luncheon in December.

    Each year, Femme Fête helps bring awareness and donation opportunities to a non-profit that supports women and/or children. Thanks to Miller Nash Partner and Girl Scouts Board Member Mary Ann Frantz, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars - GSOSW's innovative program serving girls whose mothers are incarcerated at Coffee Creek in Wilsonville, Oregon - was the 2015 beneficiary. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum initiated the program in Oregon, and spoke so eloquently of the program at Femme Fête that $5,136 was donated! That includes a gracious matching grant from Miller Nash of $2,500.

    These generous donations are enough to provide a full-service Girl Scouts Beyond Bars experience to three local girls for an entire year, enabling them to foster healthy relationships when visiting with their mothers twice a month at troop meetings, and heling them learn valuable leadership skills and positive decision-making throught he Girl Scout Leadership...



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  • Talking with Children about Tragedy


    Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with all affected by the Umpqua Community College shooting that took place in Roseburg, Oregon this morning.

    As you, your family and your Girl Scout community process this event, we want to provide you with a few trusted resources for talking with children of all ages about high profile acts of violence:

    Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
    National Association of School Psychologists

    Talking To Children About Tragedies and Other News Events
    American Academy of Pediatrics

    We hope these resources will be helpful to you as you support the emotional safety and well-being of the girls in your life. If there is anything else we can do for you during this difficult time, please let us know.

  • Volunteers without Borders


    Via Huffington Post:
    Lauren Berg, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Specialist

    I learned the value of volunteerism at a young age. When people ask how I became involved with a program that allows mothers and grandmothers to connect with their families while incarcerated, I always say after 13 years as Girl Scout followed by years of leading my own troop in college, I wanted to serve a program where my skills would drive the most impact and challenge me.

    Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB), a Girl Scout-led program, was established in 1992 and gives mothers and grandmothers the opportunity to maintain and strengthen relationships with their daughters and granddaughters while incarcerated. The program has served thousands of girls and mothers across the country since its inception. While the setting may be different, the mother-daughter meetings are still regular troop meetings, with lots of arts and crafts, games, snacks, and fun. The moms take a large role in planning and facilitating the meetings, getting a chance to show their daughters they can be leaders and set positive examples for them to follow.

    When I started volunteering with GSBB, I was walking in blind. With no previous experience working in this capacity, I was certain there'd be very little common ground. However, I quickly found I was able to parlay my experience with m...



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  • Now is the time to register for Girl Scouts!


    As families start thinking about their children returning to school, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more, Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round!

    National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial. Girl Scouts is unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to girls learning in a hands-on and active way, they are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them. Girl Scouts is the largest girl-led organization in the world, and it is a significant contributor to its members’ success in and enjoyment of life.

    GSRI reports that at least 75 percent of girls who experience the fun of “learning by doing” and are part of a girl-led program become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperation, and developing self-confidence. In addition, nearly three in four girls who experience learning by doing and who are part of a girl-led program say that, because o...



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  • All girls, all tech


    Via Hillsboro Tribune:

    The future of technology is bright ... pink.

    For two weeks this month, Hillsboro High School’s computer and technology labs were filled with eager girls — all wearing bright pink T-shirts and delving into computer programming, robotics and everything high-tech.

    It was the fifth year of the summer Girls Get IT (Innovative Technology) camp, founded in 2011 by Savannah Loberger, who at the time was a student at Hillsboro High. She designed and organized the camp as her Girl Scouts Gold Award project, the scouting organization’s highest award.

    The week-long, half-day camps for girls in grades 7 to 12 were intended to introduce girls to computers, engineering and robotics, familiarizing them with the tools and lingo of the trade — all in a low-pressure, supportive and positive learning environment.

    From computer programming to video game designing to 3-D printing and baking — all of the camp’s activities focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.

    The idea took off, and a second week was added the second year of the camp.

    Five years down the road, the camp is still going strong, bigger and better than ever, with 40 girls attending each of the two sessions of camp.

    ...



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  • Lake Oswego Girl Scout launches 'Discovering the Park Through Science' program


    Via The Oregonian:

    Kate Fayloga, 16, a rising junior at Lake Oswego High School, set a long-term goal for herself at the tender age of seven – winning the Girl Scout Silver Award.

    Six years later, she earned it by planning and hosting a weekend overnight camp for over 30 girls.

    Now she's trying for the highest award a Girl Scout can earn: the Gold Award. Less than six percent of Girl Scouts earn this award.

    Fayloga has dedicated more than 250 hours over the last two years to creating an earth science education program for Tryon Creek State Natural Area. She'll launch the "Discovering the Park Through Science" program on Saturday with help from Tryon Creek staff and volunteers.

    The program consists of six educational stations – Rock Identification, Rock Cycle, Water Quality, Sediment Sorting, Rock Hardness and Fossils – appropriate for children 5 and older.

    ...



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  • Congratulations and Thank You to Opus Interactive!


    Congratulations to our friends at Opus Interactive - a leading provider of cloud, colocation, and managed services - who have been named by Portland Business Journal as one of the 2015 Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies! Opus Interactive has been a great friend to Girl Scouts OSW for many years through their donation of dedicated hosting services for girlscoutsosw.org. With their support and expertise, girlscoutsosw.org has been a fast and reliable resource for families, volunteers and girls to learn about and engage with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    Thank you Opus Interactive, and congratulations on this honor!

     

     

  • Hit the greens this summer for Girl Scouts!


    GSOSW is excited to partner with both the ESCO Charity Drive of the Portland Classic and the WinCo Foods Portland Open Tickets Fore Charity programs this year. These exciting tournaments bring world class golf to our region and support local communities by providing 100% of proceeds to charity.

    When you purchase tickets to The Portland Classic or the WinCo Foods Portland Open using the links below, 100% of your ticket proceeds support Girl Scouts!

    PLUS! You can also earn for your service unit. It's easy! Here's how it works:

    1. Encourage friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you know to join you in buying tickets to one or both events. Be sure to use the dedicated links below to buy tickets. Weekly tickets are just $25 per tournament.
    2. When purchasing tickets, write your service unit number in the blank space where it asks for the contact person at the organization. Each time someone writes in your service unit number when purchasing tickets, half of every weekly ticket purchased RETURNS TO YOUR SERVICE UNIT - that's $12.50 per ticket! The other half goes to Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington to support girls throughout our council.

      Don't have a service unit, or just want to support girls in general? Simply purchase your tickets using the links below - thank you for your support!

    LPGA Portland Classic The LPGA Portland Classic is August 13-16, 2015, at Columbia Edgewater...



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  • Nominate a Volunteer for the Governor's Volunteer Awards


    Do you know a volunteer who deserves recognition for their outstanding work? Nominate them for a Governor's Volunteer Award!

    The Governor's Volunteer Awards recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication and determination in promoting volunteerism in Oregon. Awards are given in both statewide and regional categories.

    Thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo, the Event Presenting Sponsor, a cash reward of up to $500 will be given to a non-profit chosen by each state and regional volunteer award recipient.

    Learn more and submit nominations (by August 2, 2015) at www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva.

  • Girl Scouts' mural brightens downtown


    Via The Columbian:

    Vancouver Sign Company workers hang panels Thursday for a new 112-foot-long "Celebrate Vancouver" mural on the south side of the Columbia Street railroad overpass near the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. Painted by Girl Scout Troop 45765, the 4-by-8-foot panels depict scenes at Frenchman's Bar, Esther Short Park, the riverfront looking east toward Mount Hood, Fort Vancouver and Mount St. Helens.

    Read more at TheColumbian.com »

  • Girls in Technology camp aims to interest kids in STEM


    Via The Times:

    Emma Barbee isn’t sure what she wants to do when she grows up, but she knows it’ll involve getting more girls involved in the field she loves — science and technology.

    Barbee, 16, is a sophomore at Tigard High School. As a freshman, Barbee joined the school’s popular robotics team. The team builds robots and computer games throughout the year.

    It’s a passion Barbee has had since she was young. Her father works at Intel and she grew up surrounded by math and science, she said.

    But in a room full of her classmates, only two other girls had joined the club.

    “I looked around on the first day and there were three girls in a team of 50 people. I realized that I needed to do something to change this,” she said.

    Read more at PortlandTribune.com »

    You can also read an Oregonian article about Emma »

  • Service Unit 22 scouts for food


    Via East Oregonian:

    Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington in Service Unit 22 recently collected 1,496 pounds of nonperishable food and $10 in donations for three Umatilla County food pantries.

    During the April 25 Scouting for Food two Girl Scout troops rounded up 537 pounds of groceries for the Echo Food Bank and one Girl Scout troop gathered 200 pounds for The Salvation Army in Pendleton. Earlier in the month, three troops collected 759 pounds for Hermiston’s Agape House.

    With just six troops participating this year, the Girl Scout leaders were amazed at what the girls accomplished for fellow members in their communities. They have such big hearts and want to help in any way they can, said Michelle Kane, volunteer communications coordinator.

    Read more at EastOregonian.com »

  • We want to hear from YOU!


    Tell us about your experience with Girl Scouts this year!

    This spring, Girl Scouts of the USA is introducing a new survey called “Girl Scout Voices Count” and our council will be participating.

    There will be versions for girls, parents, and volunteers—so we can get an idea of what the year was like for everyone.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    Girls: Your chance to tell us about your experience starts May 11. To participate, you need to sign up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. If you are 13 or older, you can sign yourself up here:www.GirlScoutVoices.org! If you are 12 or younger, ask your parents to sign you up.

    Parents: Look for an email that tells you how to sign your daughter up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. We also want to hear from you and will be inviting you to participate in a parent/guardian survey starting June 1.

    Volunteers: Your opportunity to give feedback will begin June 1. In a few weeks, we’ll be sending you an invitation to participate via email, but you can also keep an eye on our social media feeds for information on when to participate.


    We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

    Got questions? Can’t find the email with the survey invitation? Feel free to get in touch with us at GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

  • Be a Girl Scout Ranger


    Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the Girl Scout Ranger Program, a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

    Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

    “Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”

    Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explo...



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  • GSOSW and Wells Fargo Team Up to Give Girls Financial Skills


    Did you know that April is Financial Literacy Month, and today, April 24, is Teach Children to Save Day? It's true!

    To celebrate, GSOSW has teamed up with Wells Fargo to provide free Hands on Banking financial literacy workshops, containing age-appropriate activities and lessons for girls grades K-12. Workshops cover a variety of topics, including needs versus wants, shopping with a budget, and credit. Plus, when girls attend a workshop, they receive a FREE financial literacy fun patch!

    A recent GSUSA study revealed that 94% of girls would rather make their own money than rely on their parents and 96% of girls expect they will be able to provide for their families, but only 12% of girls feel "very confident" making financial decisions. We can change that!

    We want to girls to feel as confident in the goals they have for their future as they do about the financial decisions they make to get there. Girls are already practicing financial skills when they participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program (and choose what to do with their hard-earned cookie money!), and through financial literacy badge programs....



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  • Local Girl Scout wins $8,500 at the Intel International Science and Talent Search


    By Pascaline Umulisa

    Congratulations to Girl Scout Ambassador Anika Raghuvanshi, 17, a student at Jesuit High School in Beaverton, who recently won a scholarship of $8,500 during the International Science and Talent Search (Intel ISTS) held in Washington D.C!

    The annual Intel ISTS encourages students from across the US to tackle challenging scientific questions and create technologies and solutions that will make people’s lives better.

    In January, Anika, along with another female student from Catlin Gabel School in Beaverton, was selected to compete for the Intel ISTS Medal of Distinction Awards March 5-11 in Washington D.C. About 40 national finalists competed in three categories: basic research, global good, and innovation. Each category comes with a $150,000 award.

    Anika presented a project entlitled Logic Synthesis and a Generalized Notation for Memristor-Realized Material Implication Gates. She designed and tested algorithms for the memristor, which is a new technology that can be implemented in computer chips with space and power benefits. Anika’s study focuses on examining how the memristor could be used for memory storage.

    Despite not winning a Medal of Distinction Award, Anika found the competition to be a very rewarding experience. “The judging was pretty intense, but sparked up many very interesting scientific discussions with the other finalists which got me to think outside the box,” Anika says. With an award of...



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  • Central Oregon Girl Scouts help 'ConKerr Cancer'


    Via KTVZ:

    BEND, Ore. - ConKerr Cancer is a nationwide nonprofit organization that strives to sew up some good feelings for kids in the NICU or pediatric ward.

    The Central Oregon chapter of ConKerr Cancer was doing its part Thursday, along with 28 local Girl Scouts, to help sick kids here on the High Desert.

    "I hope that they bring joy, and bring a smile to their face," said Sydney Scott of Troop 50001.

    Over the last two years, ConKerr Cancer has delivered 300 pillowcases to St. Charles Bend. With the help of the Girls Scouts, they were able to make an additional 70 Thursday afternoon.

    "It's so wonderful to have their partnership, it really is,” said Terri Lewis, leader of the Central Oregon ConKerr Cancer chapter. “It's cool to see kids helping other kids."

    Becky Knight of Troop 50139 said her dad's experience working at a hospital motivated her to help out.

    "You kind of think about who's going to get the pillowcase,” Knight said. “My dad works at a hospital, and he's dealing with people that -- it's sad, so I think this will make it happier."

    Read more at KTVZ.com »

  • "World Thinking Day" with Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association


    By Pascaline Umulisa

    On March 21, 2015, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will celebrate World Thinking Day at the Portland Service Center, under the theme “Peace through Global Partnerships” to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.

    Our celebration will help connect girls with this year’s theme by bringing a little bit of international perspective and awareness. Through fun activities, girls will learn about another culture with the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships between the City of Portland, Oregon and the City of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. PGSCA focuses on raising funds and supporting educational opportunities for Hispanic youth in Oregon, as well as cultural exchanges, the arts, and more.

    Girls will have the opportunity to prepare a special traditional Mexican recipe, make crafts, discover poetry and acting with “Teatro Milagro (Miracle Theater),” and play games led by high school age exchange students from five different countries on scholarship with AFS (American Field Service). After these activities, each girl will earn a World Thinking Day participation patch and will have the opportunity to win other small prizes.

    Space is still available for this event! To register, call Alexa Gaynor at 503-977-6806. Cost is $7.25 per person.

    World Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at...



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  • Boxes of goodness: Troop members out selling Girl Scout Cookies


    Via The Columbian:

    SALMON CREEK — Girl Scout Troop 42561 has a history of helping others. Just within the last year, they've made blankets for cats and dogs at the Humane Society, donated about $500 to Share House and about $300 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and handed out cookies to patients at a veterans medical center.

    And it all started with cookie sales.

    "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies?" Maddy Surface, 12, asked shoppers leaving the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer on Sunday afternoon. Some said no thanks, while others bought several boxes.

    The sixth-grader has spent about 30 hours this season selling cookies outside stores. In all, she's sold nearly 900 boxes of cookies. Her troop, made up of sixth-graders from the Vancouver and Hazel Dell area, already has an idea of where some of those proceeds will go this year: a toy drive for children in need.

    "They earn 70 cents per box," Maddy's mother and troop leader Amy Surface said. "From their earnings, they decide what they want to do."

    Of the recent service projects the girls have tackled, a couple stood out, they said. Spending time with veterans in a skilled nursing unit was memorable, as was volunteering at Share by filling backpacks with food for children in need.

    "We...



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  • Girls Worldwide say, "We can create peace through partnerships."


    By Pascaline Umulisa

    From Africa to the US, tens of thousands of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the globe will come together to take part in a range of activities for World Thinking Day 2015 on February 22. This day not only recalls the sisterhood that unites them, it also encourages them to renew the promise of making the world a better place.

    The theme for World Thinking Day 2015 is girls worldwide say, "We can create peace through partnerships." This theme is based on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 8: to develop a global partnership for development. This is the last in a series of WTD themes focusing on the MDGs, and the last element of our Global Action Theme, “together we can change our world” since 2009.

    Girl Scouts in the United States are experiencing the power of partnership as one of 150 WAGGGS members. What a great way to celebrate our worldwide Movement! The World Thinking Day award activities are designed to complement the Girl Scout Leadership Journeys. Find them below:

      Activities for Girl Scout Daisies Activities for Girl Scout Brownies...


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  • Girl Scouts Ready to Deliver Cookies


    Via KEZI:

    Get your sweet tooth ready. Local Girl Scout troops delivered cookies Tuesday.

    In Springfield, 17 local troops sorted through 30,000 boxes of cookies, getting them ready for their eager recipients.

    And there were a lot of orders this year. The Girl Scouts say their local sales were up 47 percent from last year.

    “I just think more girls are getting out there and more people are seeing how it’s helping troops. It’s really helping girls with business and leadership skills and money skills, and I think they’re just excited to get out there and sell,” said Mandi Bloomer, Program Manager.

    Among the most popular cookies locally are Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tag-A-Longs.

    See video at KEZI.com »

  • Cookie Lovers Rejoice!


    Via The Bulletin:

    PRINEVILLE — Girl Scouts in Oregon and southwest Washington added a digital component to their cookie sales repertoire Saturday, to the delight of Central Oregon cookie aficionados and Girl Scouts alike. Prineville Troop 50797 welcomes the new tool, saying it will help them overcome challenges unique to living in a community with more farms than city blocks.

    Rebecca Reed, 14, lives 6 miles outside of Prineville’s city center, and all the homes in her neighborhood are on 5-acre parcels, said Jennifer Reed, Rebecca’s mom and troop leader.

    “She wouldn’t really be able to walk around, so we drive into Prineville and try to do walking around in town,” Reed said. “In our rural community, it’s not as easy as going around in Portland, where there’s block after block (of homes). Rebecca doesn’t go out to the farms.”

    The organization’s push to go digital allows scouts to sell cookies to friends and family members in other areas of the country with ease, while introducing them to the concepts and practices of e-commerce, said Sarah Miller, of Portland, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington....Read more at bendbulletin.com.

  • How Portland Girl Scouts believe 10 small gifts can change a childhood


    Via The Oregonian:

    Filling a canvas bag with 10 items is not nearly as much work as selling hundreds of boxes of Samoas and Thin Mints. 

    But explaining who will receive the tote of gifts to 10 first-grade Girl Scouts is a little more complicated than door-to-door sales. 

    "It feels very dangerous for them," said one of the first-grade girl scouts of Portland Daisy Troop 40877. 

    "They might miss their parents very much and their parents might miss them very much."

    The troop is learning about the foster care system by making "comfort kits" for children being pulled from their homes. Read more and see the video at oregonlive.com.

  • GSOSW girls attend International Consumer Electronics Show


    This January, eight girls from Oregon and Southwest Washington joined Girl Scouts of the USA at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to introduce the new Digital Cookie program. One of the participants, Girl Scout Ambassador Ashley L., shares her highlights below!

    "We were invited to join the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada to help promote the new Digital Cookie program! Each of us made our own cookie website. Here is a video I made for mine: vimeo.com/115882855. It was a lot of fun making it. The digital cookie program is going to help girls in a lot of different ways. It will encourage them to become more tech savvy. They will learn how to post a video or picture onto a Web page as well as manage their sales and run their own cookie business. The Consumer Electronics Show was fantastic! I was very eager to see all the new gizmos and gadgets. My favorite was the tech bracelet that works like a phone. We stayed a week in Las Vegas. Our group was split in two so we could share the cookie booth with the Las Vegas Girl Scouts. We would promote the cookie program and answer questions about Girl Scouts. We were asked “How do you eat a digital cookie?” which was pretty funny because we would answer, “one BYTE at a time!” We were able to do a bit of sightseeing and even went to Cirque du Soleil – that was my favorite event! I want to thank Girl Scouts for p...



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  • Longtime Hermiston Girl Scout Earns Top Honor


    Via Northeast Oregon Now:

    A recent Hermiston High School graduate has achieved something that only two area Girl Scouts have accomplished in the past 13 years – earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

    Megan Kane received her Gold Award – the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive – during a ceremony Monday night at New Hope Community Church.

    “You are now part of an elite group of women,” said Laura Cruz, a Hermiston Girl Scout troop leader...Read more at northeastoregonnow.com.

  • Coming in August 2015: WICKED "For Good" Workshop and Matinee!


    Tickets are not on sale or available to the general public! Announcing the Premiere of the Award-Winning Exclusive Girl Scouts & Families Portland Event: WICKED “For Good” Day. Participate in an Interactive WICKED Workshop then see a matinee performance of WICKED.

    The workshop includes: Learn about themes and issues found in WICKED led by StudentsLive Teaching Artists, meet a High-Profile Key Note Speaker who is a successful industry leader, learn Music and Choreography from the Show from WICKED Cast Members, and much more!
    Learn more or register here: http://www.portlandopera.org/GSWorkshop/

  • Gold Award Project Interview with Elizabeth Bryan


    We were delighted to interview 2014 Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, Elizabeth Bryan, about her inspiring project!

    Describe your project for us.
    My project was a sort of donation drive for musical instruments for low-income students that couldn't afford to buy or rent one of their own. Mr. Schlabach, the band/choir director at Meadow Park Middle School, was my project adviser, and the instruments donated went to the Meadow Park band program. I collected about 40 instruments from May 2013-October 2013, they were fixed and assessed by Tigard Music in winter 2014, and the instruments will go to MP for the 2014-2015 school year.

    Why did you choose this project? During my freshman year of high school, as I was brainstorming ideas for my gold award, my younger brother was in sixth grade and joined band at Cedar Park MS. He mentioned at some point, October maybe, that some of the kids in his band class had had to drop out because they couldn't afford to buy or rent instruments (Cedar Park, like Meadow Park and most other Beaverton School District (SD) schools, has very few "school" instruments and they are in very poor condition - keys missing, etc.). I've been involved in school band up through my sophomore year, I've played in the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association since freshman year, and I now do choir at school - so obviously music has been a very important part of my life. It seemed like a big proble...



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  • Girl Scout Silver Award project continues to find kindness


    We're excited to have a guest writer for today's blog post. Phala Montgomery is the mother of Madisyn, a 14-year old Girl Scout Senior who completed her Girl Scout Silver Award by launching a campaign to stop bullying and Continue to Find Kindness (C.T.F.K.). Congratulations, Madisyn, on all of your success!

    So much has happened since Madisyn has officially completed her project for her Girl Scout Silver Award. Her goal was to start a project that would carry on a message and continue to help the community far past the end of her project. In the end, she chose such a great topic that it has done exactly what she set out to do.

    Madisyn completed her project by speaking to over 250 girls in the Oregon City community about how to recognize being mean and know when it becomes bullying. She teaches how to recognize bullyingresolve bullying, and revolutionize kindness. Madisyn designed a logo for her campaign and put it on t-shirts to have a visual for everyone to recognize her message to Continue to Find Kindness andSTOP Mean Girl Bullying! To this day, over 200 shirts are being worn throughout not only the Oregon City community, but other communities as well.

    This summer Madisyn organized a parade march with her troop #42448 and troop #42123 and many friends. Over 22 participants marched in the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade...



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