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

    19 Mar 2015

    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 the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout In...

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

    01 Mar 2015

    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.


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

    20 Feb 2015

    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

    17 Feb 2015

    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.

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  • Cookie Lovers Rejoice!

    09 Feb 2015

    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

    23 Jan 2015

    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

    22 Jan 2015

    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

    31 Dec 2014

    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!

    18 Dec 2014

    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

    18 Sep 2014

    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

    01 Sep 2014

    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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