• 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."

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  • "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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