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You're Invited to the Gold Award Girl Scout Recognition Ceremony on June 18


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Join us on June 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. as we celebrate our council's Gold Award Girl Scouts for achieving the highest award available for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors! Watch a live stream or head to one of our watch parties at the Medford and Portland Service Centers to meet Gold Award Girl Scouts, hear about their projects and be inspired to change the world with a project of your own.

Hear from inspirational keynote speaker Katie Francis—a Gold Award Girl Scout, alum, and national career record holder for the number of Girl Scout Cookies sold (180,000 boxes)!

JOIN THE CELEBRATION
Join us online or at one of our watch parties (watch parties include refreshments):

CONGRATULATIONS!
Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington's 2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts:

Charlotte Adams
Battle Ground, WA | Getting Off the Grid
Charlotte created a booklet to educate local youth about hiking and encourage them to get out in nature. Her goal was to get children away from their screen and into more healthy and adventurous habits. By educating children on general hiking rules, dangerous plants in the area, and everything they would need to know about 20 of their local hikes, Adams achieved her goal of increased youth participation in hiking. Her booklet is available in Battle Ground elementary and middle schools, the Battle Ground Community Library, and online.

Kaylea Bell
Medford, OR | Tutoring for All
When Kaylea learned that tutoring is often unaffordable or inconvenient for many students in her community, she started and publicized a free tutoring program that uses a website she designed to connect potential tutors and students based upon academic needs and skills. Tutoring is then provided online at the convenience of the participants. Her school’s honor society has agreed to maintain the website and participate regularly as tutors.

Emma Coulter
La Center, WA | Community Book Share
Emma wanted to promote literacy and increase reading in her community.  She and her team of volunteers built and filled four community book share structures.  The structures contain free reading material for all ages and were located near four partners who have agreed to maintain the structures and re-stock them as needed.

Holly Feldhousen
Portland, OR | Invasive Plant Mitigation
Holly renovated an outdoor area of Northwest Portland by removing English ivy and other invasive plants, and taught her volunteers how to identify and remove them. She educated her fellow Girl Scouts and attendees at a service unit meeting about the negative impact of invasive plants on watersheds, as well as how her project helped the area return to a better state. She also taught her Girl Scout peers how to run similar projects on their own, and a younger troop has agreed to continue her project.

Anna Gabler
Lincoln City, OR | Caring for Pets
After terrible wildfires swept through Lincoln County, Anna wanted to help the animals in her area and educate pet owners about the importance of microchipping. She also wanted to help struggling families get the support they need to keep local animals healthy and with their families. Anna organized an animal fashion show to collect pet supplies and goods for those in need, as well as a can and bottle drive to help fund the cost of extra pet supplies. She recruited volunteers to help promote and run the event, and to manage a social media page to help spread the word. She also created a “Pet Disaster Checklist & Microchipping” informational brochure that local animal clinics, veterinarians and animal shelters are now providing to pet owners. The community loved this amazing (and adorable) event, and there are plans to hold it again in the future.

Riley Kessler
Portland, OR | Capturing History: COVID-19 Teen Writing Collection
Riley realized that children and teenagers are rarely asked for their opinions and feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic and that adults have had a much different experience than teens. To give teens a voice, Riley curated a collection of written works which specifically focus on teen perspectives during the pandemic, thus allowing them to explore the damage that COVID-19 has caused. Most students that participated in her project commented that they could finally make sense of the emotional challenges created by the global pandemic. She noted that, “Adults who had looked at the results of my project shared that they had no idea about the immense difficulty that teenagers have silently struggled with through during COVID, which is exactly the change that I wanted to create.” All 50+ written pieces received by the Beaverton City Library were published online as articles on a permanent website, as well as printed and stored in the library's Local History Archive. The results of Riley’s project were featured in an edition of the Oregon Historical Society's weekly e-digest.

Makena Krause
Hillsboro, OR | Dear Society Project
Through her multimedia Dear Society Project, Makena Krause addressed the lack of education and empathy needed for teenagers as they establish their identity. She and her team solicited submissions from students asking first, "If you could address society collectively, what would you say?" and second, ""What would you change about society based on your own personal experience?"  They collected and curated 25 letters and 15 paintings/digital art pieces from teenagers and 10 letters from adult leaders telling their personal stories and engaging with topics such as police brutality, body image, gender expression, and racial violence. These letters and art pieces accompanied by artist statements were then displayed both at an art exhibition at a local cultural arts center with more than 100 attendees and on a website and Instagram account which will continue to accept additional submissions. Makena also led a workshop with middle school students educating them on identity, the importance of respect and different social movements.

Rose McMaster
Neotsu, OR | Foster Care
Rose wanted to help kids in the foster care system get the school supplies and other items they might need. With the help of experts and her volunteer team, Rose created information pamphlets about the needs of the foster care system and the various ways people can help (beyond foster parenting). She also created over 100 care bags with basic needed supplies in them, and left the pamphlet and care bag instructions with a local help center to continue the project in the future.

Keira Mooney
Portland, OR | No-sew Blankets
Keira wanted to help children and families in shelters and hospitals that were in need of warmth, a sense of security and comfort. She recruited a team of volunteers to help her create and deliver more than 100 no-sew blankets to a local organization that works with social services and others in need. As a recipient of a blanket like this from the same organization when she was younger, Keira knew how meaningful and comforting the blankets would be to the recipients and their families, and she was happy to be able to give back. Keira also developed educational materials with information on how to create the blankets so the project will continue to provide comfort for years to come.

Makenzie Schwartz
Gresham, OR | Cat & Dog Cots
Makenzie partnered with Multnomah County Animal Shelter, and made sustainable dog and cat beds to the specifications of their needs. These beds were made of outdoor mesh and PVC piping. She organized multiple work parties of adult and teenage volunteers in the local community to help build the beds.  She also created instructions on how to build and maintain the beds and has left it with the shelter for future use.

Abigail Wilson
Vancouver, WA | Fighting Invasive Species
Abigail tackled the problem of invasive ivy at the Port of Washougal by recruiting and leading a team in removing large sections of ivy and replacing the ivy with native plants. She also arranged for all the tools and equipment needed to complete the removal and restoration. She researched and acquired appropriate plants to fill the areas where ivy had been and created a digital guidebook to assist in the planting and maintenance of the new plantings. She also explained the characteristics of the ivy and why they were removing it. This guidebook was shared with Port employees and the public library.

For more information about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.girlscoutsosw.org/gogold.