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  • New Ways of Sharing Events

    Based on feedback from our members we’re trying out a new way of sharing event information this year. Instead of mailing out a printed GO! Guide customized to each region, a postcard will be sent to all Girl Scout members several times a year. The postcard will guide members back to our online calendar and schedule-your-own event information. With this change, we’re hoping it will be easier for all members to:

    • Get the most up-to-date program and event information
    • See all the opportunities that are available to them
    • Have more access to explore programs and events taking part in areas across our entire region

    Our first postcard went out in April. Comments? Ideas? Feedback about this new set-up? Let us know!

  • How to Have a Happy Overnight Camper

    ParentMap | Rock your child's first sleepaway camp with these more! 

  • How Mistakes Boost Motivation and Learning

    ParentMap | New research shows that childhood failures pave the way for a successful adulthood (if only I’d known this on Library Day). Failure teaches kids about perseverance, creativity, resilience and motivation in ways that nothing else more!

  • Get Your Girl Kindergarten-Ready with Girl Scouts!

    Have a girl in your life who’s starting kindergarten this fall? Or know someone who does?

    What an exciting and stressful time! We know this is a season of transition in which your girl is going through a major life milestone. At the same time, you’re having to let go a little. It’s so hard. But you don’t have to do it alone. Girl Scouts can help you navigate this new adventure with expert tips and activities sent straight to your phone. 

    Just text DAISY to 59618 to sign up for expert email tips to prep your girl for Kindergarten, or visit (Note: Text STOPGS for stop, HELPGS for help. Message and data rates apply.) Set her up for success before she even walks into the classroom!

  • Girl Scout Cookie Sales Spread the Love Around the Neighborhood

    This week when you go grocery shopping you will probably walk past a tiny table laden with cookies, and a Girl Scout shivering in the cold who hopes you will buy a box for $ more

  • Making Chicken and Waffles from Girl Scout cookies

    Celebrity Chef Maya helps us make crispy chicken and waffles using two kinds of Girl Scout the clip!

  • Honorees of Cookies and Cocktails Gala

    In celebration of 100 years of the largest girl-led business in the world, we're honoring 100 local women business owners who serve as inspiring role models to our next generation of leaders by the work they do steering the ship of their own businesses!

    These women are listed below, and will be recognized at Cookies & Cocktails for their awesome leadership contributions to our community! 


    Alayne Sulkin ParentMap Amber Osborne Meshfire Angela Shen Savor Seattle Tours Anna Wallace Seattle Seltzer Arry Yu Giftstarter Becca Stordahl Robert Leonard Salon Blair Stocker Wise Craft Handmade Brea Wilkies Bespoke Cathy Gately...

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  • Girl Scout cookie-inspired fashions from top local designers:

     It's that time again. From Samoas to S'mores, Girl Scout cookies are back. But this year, people aren't just eating them.  They're wearing them, or at least fabric representations of more!

  • Tagalong dress? Trefoils gown? Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years with Custom Designs

    Marking their 100th anniversary of cookie sales, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington is celebrating the momentous milestone by showcasing six talented Seattle designers and female business owners at more!

  • Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies

    See cookie-inspired food and drink creations in celebration of this Girl Scout here!

  • Edmonds Heights Students are First Robotics Champs

    Local Girl Scouts participated in robotics more!


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  • Girl Scout Cookies Celebrates 100 Years!

    Celebrate Girl Scout Cookies' 100th anniversary at the first ever Cookies & Cocktails Gala where more than 25 female chefs and bartenders come together to make unprecedented creations inspired by Girl Scout more!

  • Grammy Nominated Musician Josh Rawlings Inspires Mill Creek Girl Scout Troop

    News of Mill Creek | Josh Rawlings made a guest appearance for Girl Scout Troop 42725 on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as they earned their music badge. The girls are all 5th Graders at Mill Creek Elementary, who have been in the troop together since more!

  • Girl Scouts Kick Off Cookie Sales in Style

    This year marks the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary of selling those beloved boxes of baked goods. Bless them. To celebrate the milestone, Stefanie Ellis, PR director for Girl Scouts of Western Washington, wanted to do something big. Recalling an Alexander McQueen–inspired gummy bear dress a few years back, Ellis thought, “Well, Girl Scout cookies would make a wonderful gown.” more

  • Empowering Every Girl

    “Don’t be mean to other people.”

    That was what a 5 year-old Daisy Girl Scout asked of more than 100 people gathered at a recent Town Hall to brainstorm ways for Girl Scouts to respond to the challenging, often scary events happening in their communities. That Town Hall took place because Girl Scouts of Western Washington is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re actively looking for ways to empower every girl—girls of every race, ethnicity, income, gender identity, ability, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic location—to make the world a better place.

    Regardless of where they were born, each and every one of our girls and volunteers is important to us. Refugees and immigrants, regardless of documentation status, are equally human, equally precious, equally Girl Scouts. So are their families.

    And we’re hearing from girls that they’re scared. Girls are talking to their troop leaders about their fears that they will have to leave the U.S.—their home and where many of them were born. These conversations are part of their lives, part of their Girl Scout experience. In response, Girl Scouts are doing activities to support each other, from writing poems to sharing their dreams for the future. Many are talking about how they rely on their sister Girl Scouts. We’re glad to offer a place for girls to talk about what they’re seeing and hearing in their communities, and brainstorm how they want to respond. But girls shouldn’t have to live wit...

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  • Our children need to see—for real—how much money it takes to live

    Recently, I taught a budgeting session for some Girl Scouts in the nation’s capital. I’ve shared with readers before the funny and enlightening outcomes of such sessions and would like to do so again.

    Typically when people do budgeting sessions with children and teens, they give the students a template in which the expense-line items are already identified. But my goal is to get the children’s perception of the basic costs of life, without coaching that can mask the fact that they don’t yet really get it.

    In groups of about eight, I had the teenage Girl Scouts pick a career and then a city where they’d like to live. They had to work as a team to decide how to spend their more!

  • Girl Scouts Deliver Baby Items to Pregnancy Resource Center

    Girl Scouts Josie Hermann-Ballein and Isabel McCarthy deliver baby items to Pregnancy Resource Center in Everett. The donations, including handmade blankets, clothes, toys, toiletries and wipes, came from an annual “Baby Shower for Jesus” that Troop 42929 holds with the women of Bethel Baptist Church... read more

  • Inauguration Day: GSUSA's Reflection on Girl Scouts’ History of Civic Action

    We are re-publishing Girl Scouts of the USA's statement on the inauguration. If you have concerns, we encourage you to contact them directly. On Friday, January 20, approximately 75 Girl Scouts from the Nation’s Capital council will voluntarily march in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade, as the council has done over the past 100 years. As part of this unique experience, these girls will gain insight into the time-honored democratic tradition of a peaceful transition of power. Then, the very next day, Saturday, January 21, women and girls, including Girl Scouts, from across the country will descend on Washington to participate in the Women's March and similar events in communities across the country. At Girl Scouts, our Movement is made up of individuals who hold political beliefs and convictions as varied as our nation itself. And because every girl has a home at Girl Scouts, every girl in our Movement is allowed her own ideas, opinions, beliefs, and political ideology. Our fundamental value is empowering girls to be leaders in their own lives. By helping them build the courage, confidence, and character to lift their voices, champion their views, and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them, Girl Scouts supports girls as they become catalysts for change who strengthen their comm...

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  • Maltby Girl Scout Aiming for Silver with Blood Drive

    Maltby resident Margaret Seaney is heading into 2017 with her eyes on the prize, as the 14-year-old works to coordinate a blood drive in hopes of earning her Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor achievable for a Girl Scout at her more

  • Girl Scout Cookies Mark 100 Years with Two New Flavors

    On the 100th year anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America’s most well-known fundraiser, the organization is introducing two new sweet confections. S’mores are crunchy graham cracker sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling and Toffee-tastic are gluten-free, rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee more



  • 1,000 Books Donated to West Seattle Girl Scout’s Library Project

    West Seattle Girl Scout collects 1,000 book donations to help build a library at a Ugandan refugee camp and earn her Gold Award more!

  • 17 Area Girl Scouts Recognized for Service Award

    On December 19th, a group of dedicated 6th - 9th grade Girl Scouts, from the Woodinville Service Unit #409, gathered for a recognition ceremony their achievement of the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards.  The two awards are part of a series of Girl Scout’s highest awards, with the Girl Scout Gold Award being the ultimate more

  • Edmonds Robotics Team Qualified For Regionals

    Team Terrific Techbots, made up of nine girls from Edmonds, have qualified for regionals after competing Dec. 4 at Snohomish High School.

    Thirty-four 34 robotics teams took part in the qualifying rounds for the First Lego League Robotics.

    The Terrific Techbots, who have been participating in the First Lego League competitions for three years, took second place on the robotics... read more.

  • Local Girl Scouts Win Silver Award

    Abbey Maroney of Burlington, Grace Brown of Mount Vernon, and Eleanor Fair and Lexi Rodriguez of Sedro-Woolley identified barriers to accessing public libraries. The girls grew up outside city limits, thus having no free access to public libraries. Poverty was also identified as a barrier, with annual library card fees and gas for transportation preventing more

  • Earn Money #LikeABoss

    Are you ready to take your troop money-earning to the next level?

    Thanks to several generous local financial institutions, we’ve got a sweet opportunity for enterprising Girl Scouts! Troops that are working on money-earning projects can enter to win a spot to sell your goods at our April 5 Girl Scout Luncheon in Seattle. The coolest part: each troop that wins will be guaranteed at least $1,000 in sales!

    Who: Any Girl Scout troop that’s hosting an approved money-earning activity that can be done in-doors and doesn't involve food items that are to be eaten on-site (sorry, no carwashes  :) )

    When: Winning troops must be available to attend and host a booth at our Girl Scout Luncheon on April 5, 2017, from 10:30am-1:30pm.

    Where: The Westin Seattle hotel

    How: To enter, troops need to answer these three questions (and provide an approved money-earning form):

    1. What is your money-earning project?
    2. How will the money you earn make a difference? In other words, how are you planning to use the money?
    3. When you’re money-earning, you’re an entrepreneur. What’s your troop’s favorite part about being entrepreneurs?


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  • Chemistry Experiment Turns Daises into Juice Sleuths

    The juice sleuth experiment was part of a local troop lesson during National Chemistry Week. The group of 18 kindergarten and first-graders heard from Dr. Roxi Hulet, a Skagit Valley College chemistry teacher, and did their own more

  • Meet the Trail Community: Girl Scouts

    Hiking is a big part of the natural world path, and Anishka Kanjilal and Elena Boyle, fifth-graders in their fourth year with the Girl Scouts and currently second year Juniors, both recently received the Hiking badge. From the first meeting, it’s clear both girls are very comfortable in more

  • 7-Year-Old Girl Scout Receives Medal of Honor for Saving Brother from Choking

    My Edmonds News | Annberly, a Brownie Troop member in Lynnwood, receives a Medal of Honor for saving a life. 

    A 7-year-old Lynnwood Girl Scout was recognized in Edmonds Saturday afternoon for her efforts to save her 18-month-old brother from choking earlier this year.

    Annberly S., a member of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 43866, received a Medal of Honor from Girl Scouts USA during a ceremony Saturday at Edmonds Methodist Church. Because she is a minor, her parents have requested that her last name not be published.

    According to Troop 43866 Leader Elliott Gustavson, the second-grader and her 18-month-old brother Joseph were playing in the bedroom of their Lynnwood home the evening of Jan. 19, 2016, when Joseph started making odd noises. When Annberly turned to him, she saw that his face was changing more!

  • Girl Geek Con: Adventures in GeekGirlScouting

    Girl Geek Con | Andy Munic, Gaming Events Coordinator at Geek Girl Con, talks about all GeekGirlScouting has to offer. 

    GeekGirlCon and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington have joined forces to bring together our love of gaming and young female empowerment. Andy Munich, our own Gaming Events Coordinator, helped bring the program to life. An avid gamer himself, Andy wanted to organize activities and tours for the Girl Scouts that would teach them more about the gaming industry. So far, they’ve visited our friends at Wizards of the Coast and DigiPen, and have future tours scheduled with studios such as more! 

  • Congratulations! West Seattle Girl Scout Erin Demaree Earns Gold Award

    Only six percent of Girl Scouts ever earn a Gold Award, the highest achievement level in the organization, created 100 years ago by GS founder Juliette Gordon Low to “challenge girls to change their communities – and the world – in a way that has a sustainable impact,” which tells us a West Seattle Girl Scout is now a Gold Award more!

  • Port Orchard Girl Scout Earns Gold Award

    Port Orchard Independent | Port Orchard’s own Karla Lewis won the esteemed Girl Scout Gold Award for her work in donating hygiene kits to the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center.

    Lewis, who recently began her freshman year of college at Corban University in Oregon, set up donation bins at her church for the congregation to donate deodorant, toothpaste, body wash and similar items that she packed into backpacks for more!

  • Registering for Girl Scout Events is Getting Easier!

    We're excited to share the news that signing up for Girl Scout events is getting easier. On September 8, we launched a new-and-improved registration system for Girl Scouts of Western Washington opportunities. With this change, you'll no longer need to log in to two separate sites to manage your Girl Scout membership and register for upcoming council-led events, workshops, and conferences-you'll be able to do it all through the Activities tabs in the MyGS Member Community!

    In addition to this more convenient sign-in process, Activities has several other perks for members:

      Better Event Information: When browsing events on our website, prices and details on whether an event is full or cancelled are easily visible without having to log in to your MyGS account. Partial Payments Can be Made Online: For events offering deferred payment options, payments can now be made online through MyGS by guardians or troop leaders. Synced with Volunteer Toolkit: If you or your troop leader are using the Volunteer Toolkit, events can be populated into the Year-Plan-making planning for upcoming events even simpler. More User-Friendly: The Activities tab and the new online calendar will be simple and easy to navigate-no matter what device you're using. To help you familiarize yourself with the new system, here's...

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  • Beyond the cookies – Scouting Helps Develop Leadership, All-Round Confidence

    Bellingham Herald | The modern Girl Scouts of the USA are not your grandmother’s Girl Scouts – and often not even your mother’s.

    The Girl Scouts, founded in 1912, now provide maximum individual attention and guidance through six age categories offered for girls of all backgrounds from kindergarten through high school.

    There is also a continually growing interest and emphasis in activities related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), said Katie Johnston, troop program manager for the counties of Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan, which are part of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington more!

  • KHS Graduate, Literacy Advocate Awarded Top Honor in Girl Scouts

    North Kitsap Herald | Martha Rabura, a 2016 graduate of Kingston High School, was awarded Girl Scouts’ top honor — the Gold Award — for her efforts to create a library for the Mallory Jansen Memorial School in Sierra Leone.

    Rabura was honored at a special Gold Award Gala June 25 at the Washington State Convention Center.

    The Gold Award is the equivalent of Boy Scouts’ Eagle rank. Fewer than 6 percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Gold more!

  • Gig Harbor Girl Scout Gives Back to Canines, Dog Owners with Gold Award Project

    The Peninsula Gateway | Looking to make a lasting impact to the Gig Harbor community for her Gold Award, Girl Scout Kaytlyn Brabham, 18, decided to focus her project on improvements for her fellow dog lovers and their companions.

    Brabham, a member of Gig Harbor’s Girl Scout Troop 40145, met with CHEW (Canine Health and Education Welfare), a Gig Harbor dog rescue organization, to discover where a project would be most needed. Hearing that the Rotary Bark Dog Park, located off Bujacich St. behind Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One headquarters, had some projects available, Brabham decided to focus her attention more! 

  • Puyallup Girl Scouts earn organization’s Gold Award

    THE NEWS TRIBUNE | Rebecca Togstad, a Girl Scout for 13 years, was living a busy life.

    During her senior year at Emerald Ridge High School, she was working at the South Hill Mall while keeping her eyes set on earning the Gold Award. Togstad never gave up that vision.

    The teen’s hard work and dedication paid off recently when she became the first Girl Scout in seven years from her troop to win the Gold Award, the highest award that a Girl Scout can achieve.

    “It was a relief,” said Togstad about finding out. “I’d just finished high school, and then this.”

    To get a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must meet at least one of two requirements: earn a Silver Award or complete two smaller projects called Journeys. Less than six percent of all Girl Scouts ever attain their Gold Award. ... read more!


  • Are You Up-to-Date in the Opportunity Catalog?

    The Opportunity Catalog is an awesome tool to help new members find opportunities to join a troop or volunteer with Girl Scouts! Is your troop’s information up-to-date in the catalog?

    To help new members join Girl Scouts, you can add your troop to the Opportunity Catalog—our easy, online listing of troops with open spots for girls or volunteers!

    The Opportunity Catalog makes it easy for girls and guardians to search for troops with open spaces by zip code. It also allows adults to see volunteer opportunities in their area and sign up to help. We encourage you to add your troop, so new girls looking for a troop can connect with Girl Scouts in their community!

    How Can I Add My Troop?
    There are two steps to add your troop to the Opportunity Catalog:

    1. Update Your Troop Information

    • Log into your My GS Member Profile and click on the Troops tab. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and in the bottom left corner click on the View/Edit Troop Information link.
    • Review the following information and make changes:

    o Meeting Day(s)
    o Meeting Location
    o Meeting Frequency
    o Meeting Start Time/End Time
    o Program Grade Level
    o Desired Total Number of Girls – If you have open spots, this number will be higher than the total number of active girls on your current troop roster!

    2. Tell Us You Want to Grow Your Tro...

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  • Local Girl Scout troop shares a sweet surprise with Burien police officers

    Q13 FOX | It`s a sentiment that`s sweet in more ways than one.  A simple bag filled with candy and a list explaining the meaning behind each treat—a  “Snickers” to remember to laugh and even “Lifesavers” to remember you are one.

    Each sweet given to Burien police officers was hand selected by a newly formed Burien Girl Scout troop; just four girls, ages 10 to 13.

    “Some of them are high functioning autistic, some of them are developmentally delayed. They are just a little bit different than everybody else,” says mom and troop leader, Cindy Leeson.

    They’re a small group, but certainly not small minded. ...Read more!

  • Local Girl Scouts make homemade ‘Survival Kits’ for Burien Police Officers

    B-TOWN BLOG | Local Girl Scout Troop #46548 surprised the Burien Police Department Tuesday morning (July 26), by dropping off several homemade “Survival Kits” for officers!

    “We had a visit from Girl Scouts this morning,” police said on Facebook. “They brought us ‘Survival Kits’ they made, and wanted to thank us for our service. Check out the items they gave us.” ... read more!

  • Girl Scouts make history at Schmitz Park Elementary

    WEST SEATTLE BLOG | After watching years of assemblies with boys serving Color Guard for the flags, 3rd grader Madeline Gerding from Girl Scout Troop 44428 here in West Seattle wrote a letter to principal Gerrit Kischner reminding him that Girl Scouts are just as responsible as Boy Scouts and could present the colors at assemblies too. Mr. Kischner wholeheartedly agreed and asked the Schmitz Park Elementary students from Madeline’s Troop and from Troop 44253 to be Color Guard at the end-of-year assembly.

    It was extra exciting since it’s the last assembly at that site before moving on to Genesee Hill this fall! ...Watch the video!

  • Girl Scouts design and install interpretive trail at Lynndale Park

    Walkers at Lynndale Park will now be able to identify 17 different plants along a newly marked trail, thanks to the research and effort put forward by Edmonds-based Girl Scout Cadette Troop 41002.

    Four troop members, who are seventh graders at Meadowdale Middle School, spearheaded the project. Emma Sturgill, Kendra Roark, Izabela Sanchez Nobles and Nina Otebele worked with the City of Lynnwood to build the trail and a horticulturalist to correctly identify each plant.

    The project, including research and drafting for each sign, took over a year to complete, but the troops say it was all worth it.

    “People will know more about trees and plants now,” Otebele said.

    Roark said doing the research and drafting a proposal were the most difficult and time-consuming parts of the project, but the troop members are happy with the finished product. ... read more!

  • Local Girl Scouts lead powerful event for young women

    Q13 FOX | It’s something every girl will deal with, but it also seems to cause shame: millions around the world will miss school because of their periods. In India, menstruation will lead 1 in 4 to drop out.

    Local Girl Scouts Julie Witecki and Carleigh Templin started noticing their friends being too embarrassed to even talk about it; the words “menstruation” and “period”, which are just words to describe a natural process women all over the world experience, somehow carry a stigma.

    They wanted to tackle that head-on, helping girls in the process. ... read more!

  • "It's kind of her little escape": Girl Scouts' Playhouse Helps Child with Heart Transplant

    KOMO NEWS | Play dates and playgrounds—they're part of being a kid. But for one Everett 4-year old, they can be deadly.

    Little Hannah Mae was born with a rare and often deadly condition that makes leaving her house incredibly dangerous. But a group of generous Girl Scouts have given the 4-year-old the gift of imagination in the form of a new playhouse.

    Hannah is now in her element, all because of a tiny wooden playhouse with green trim, flower boxes, a side window for takeout orders, a toy kitchen, and a front door with a working doorbell.

    The house is in Hannah's fenced-in backyard, and her mother can see her play from every window of their Everett home. ...Read more!

  • A House for Hannah: Girl with Heart Transplant Gets a Safe Place to Play

    HERALD OF EVERETT | Three years ago, Hannah Mae Campbell's birthday was marked by celebration.

    It was because she was still alive.

    Instead of presents, her parents held a “birthday bash-blood drive” at their church, to provide life-saving gifts to others.

    Little Hannah had received just such a gift. She was born with a very rare and often fatal condition called diffuse rhabdomyomatosis, a benign tumor in the walls of her heart that caused the organ to grow at an accelerated rate.

    She got a heart transplant at the age of four months. ... read more!

  • Thurston County Girl Scout Educates Others about Distracted Driving

    THE OLYMPIAN | It’s been more than five years since Caytlin Johnston lost her brother, William Johnston, in a high-speed crash on Hawks Prairie Road.

    But that night is still clear in her mind.

    She remembers being picked up from gymnastics by her father, who was worried that he hadn’t heard from William. She remembers driving the route William would have taken home. She remembers coming across a traffic accident, and a police officer telling her father that a young man with red hair had died. The North Thurston High School senior tells the story in a video designed to dissuade other students from making the same mistakes William made.

    “He was going about 65 miles per hour on a curvy road,” Caytlin said. “Someone pulled out in front of him. He swerves, lost control, and hit a telephone pole and hit a brick and iron fence.” ... read more.


  • Teen Hopes Personal Tragedy will Save Lives

    KING 5 | Caytlin Johnston hopes talking about her brother’s death will save others.

    “You might not think it’s ever going to happen to you, but it could happen in just one second,” said Caytlin, whose brother Will died in a 2010 crash. The 18-year-old was driving more than 65 in a 40 mile per hour zone. Investigators said his passengers claimed he was trying to reach 100 miles per hour before losing control and slamming into a brick pillar.

    Caytlin was ten at the time ... read more.

  • Upcoming Membership Dues Increase

    We recently heard from Girl Scouts of the USA that they will be increasing membership dues to $25. The new fee will be for the 2017-2018 membership year and will start being collected during early renewal next spring.

    Every dollar of the membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes things like program development, research, resources, accident insurance, training, and other services to Girl Scout councils. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for all girls, volunteers, and parents.

    For questions about why this decision was made, how it will impact lifetime members, and more, please visit GSUSA’s FAQ page.

    Right now, we’re planning to send out council-wide communications to all our members starting this fall. Our goal is to make sure all members are aware of the upcoming changes, so you can incorporate that information into important decisions like setting goals for the cookie sale or applying for financial assistance.

    One of our main priorities at Girl Scouts of Western Washington is to empower every girl and volunteer, regardless of financial situation. Our Financial Assistance Program will continue to support to girl and adult members who would otherwise not be able to take part in Girl Scouts.<...

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  • Local Girl Scouts help fight loneliness and bullying with the Buddy Bench

    BELLEVUE -- Most people can relate to the feeling of loneliness. It can be especially difficult in elementary school, and one local Girl Scout troop had a creative way to try and help.

    The girls from Troop 45241 installed "Buddy Benches" at Bellevue's Eastgate Elementary. The two benches are meant to make it easier for people who need a friend, to find a friend. They told us it's especially helpful if you are new to a school, or just need someone to play with at recess: sitting on the bench signifies that you are open to meeting new people, and it encourages others to introduce themselves. ...Read More!

  • New Girl Scout Troop Boosts Confidence Among Daughters of Incarcerated Parents

    Nine-year-old Patience sat at a table with three other girls and her stepmother, cutting out patches they could attach to brown Girl Scout sashes. They laughed, talked, recited the pledge and learned to fold a flag.

    In other words, it’s a normal Girl Scout troop. Except the girls here share a secret they generally don’t tell others – they all have a parent in prison.

    Patience’s dad has been incarcerated since she was a toddler.

    “After I finished talking to him (her father) on the phone when I was little, I would start to cry because I wouldn’t see him very often,” Patience said. “All my other friends get to live with their mom and dad and it’s hard.” ...Read More!

  • Happy National Volunteer Week to Our Amazing Volunteers!

    In celebration of National Volunteer Week, here are a few messages from our CEO and staff ...


    Dear Girl Scouts of Western Washington Volunteers, Even though we celebrate National Volunteer Week every April, I’m always reminded of the fact that one week is nowhere near long enough to really say “thank you” to talented volunteers who make Girl Scouts possible across western Washington! Your tireless energy, your fierce dedication, your no-limits kindness—every ounce of effort you give to your girls helps fill them with confidence each day. No matter what your volunteer role is within Girl Scouts, your work supports girls as they grow into leaders, learn more about themselves, and make their world a better place. As I move around the council and talk with many of you, I hear both about the challenges you face and the sheer joy you experience in volunteering with your girls. I’m in awe of the work you’re doing, helping them gain skills they’ll have for the rest of their lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you do and Happy National Volunteer Week! Megan Megan Ferland Chief Executive Officer Girl Scouts of Western Washington...

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  • DareDever: Girl Scout Cookies

    KING 5 EVENING | It's that time of year again...Girl Scout Cookie time! What does it take to sell the most? Jim finds out from the very best in his latest DareDever. The Girl Scout's of Western Washington will be selling their cookies until the end of this weekend, so stock up! And if you can't eat 'em, treat 'em...Operation Cookie Drop allows you to buy a box and donate it to our military service men and women. Check it out! ...Read more!

  • Behind the scenes: What it’s REALLY like selling Girl Scout cookies

    Q13 FOX NEWS | I've walked by the stands many times, but it's been many years a short while since I had to sell them myself: Girl Scout Cookies.

    The Girl Scouts of Western Washington were nice enough to allow us to sit in with two local scouts as they sold cookies in downtown Seattle.  We learned a lot about the best skills for selling the treats; but more importantly, they taught us how cookie selling is giving them lifelong skills.

    Alina and Grace are 9th graders at Holy Names Academy, and this is their 7th year selling cookies.  They told us the selling skills they've learned in that time are skills they can apply in any business setting as they grow up.  Among their tips? Talk to everyone and establish a connection. Never take "no" personally. And add energy and information to every sales pitch! ...Read more!

  • More Girls Than Girl Scout Troops

    KITSAP SUN | This is the time of year when Girl Scouts are ubiquitous.

    The sign-up sheet for cookies has made its way around the office — at least twice — and boxes have been delivered. Thin Mints are a regular side dish.

    One would think that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout are pushing those green, purple and red boxes. But, there are hundreds of girls in Kitsap County who want to be part of the annual selling season — and the Girl Scout community — who don't have a troop to join. There aren't enough volunteers.

    At least two non-related adult volunteers are needed to run a Girl Scout troop. Across the county, region and country, there aren't enough volunteers to put together troops for all the girls who want to participate...Read more!

  • Girl Scout Cookies for Dogs?!

    107.7 THE END | I’m not sure how it’s possible, but we’re already a week into cookie season and I’ve yet to run into any Girl Scouts exploiting my weakness for sugar!

    Quickly, these are the best Girl Scout cookies in order:

    • Thin Mints
    • Tagalongs
    • Do-si-dos

    Look, I’m not a Samoas guy. Gross.

    Usually by this time of year, I’ve already had a box or two dropped off by someone that found me on the internet or a coworker who stalked me in the hallways. That doesn’t even address my “I’m walking by the QFC on Broadway and that looks like a Girl Scout and her mother being soaked in the rain so I better buy two boxes” problem I’ve developed in recent years. How can you not? They look so miserable! ...Read more!

  • Who doesn't love girl scout cookies?

    NEW DAY NORTHWEST | Lindsey Ismailova grew up in the girl scouts, and her love for cooking commenced. The very first badge she ever got was for cooking! She tells us about where her inspiration came from for this new recipe she thought of, and how she was so surprised that nobody had thought of it before.

    Who doesn't love girl scout cookies?

    Lindsey also works for a non-profit organization as a volunteer supervisor caring for aging adults.

    The first place winner of the Girl Scout Cookie Recipe challenge is named Peabody Johanson; unfortunately, they were not able to be on the show with us, but they did say that the Girl Scouts was the first real place they felt accepted and that it shaped who they are today by teaching them valuable lifelong skills. ...Read more!

  • How Seattle Area Girl Scouts are Helping our Local Animals

    KIRO Radio | Girl Scout Cookies and dogs. How Seattle area Girl Scouts are helping our local animals. Crating your dog and getting it used to strangers. ...Read more!

  • Woof! Girl Scout Cookie Season Goes to the Dogs!

    SEATTLE REFINED | It's Girl Scout Cookie Season and even our furry friends love the idea of Girl Scout Cookies. For the first time (and hopefully not the last) the Seattle Humane and Girl Scouts of Western Washington have teamed up for the first ever Dog Cookie Contest, in addition to the annual Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest. The Girl Scout Dog Cookie Contest spotlights the work of the Seattle Humane which is a charity supported by many Girl Scouts on a personal level. Sadly pets can not consume Girl Scout Cookies but who says they need to be left out of the fun?

    "The inspiration was our Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest for humans, which is in its fifth year now. It's a wonderfully fun contest, and people get really excited for it each year," said Stefanie Ellis, Public Relations Director of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. "This year, we were thinking about a fun way to let people know about the impactful things girls do with their cookie money, and how they're using it to give back to their communities. Seattle Humane loved the human recipe contest, and we brainstormed ways to extend the Girl Scout Cookie love to canines. And, voila, the first-ever Girl Scout Cookie Dog Contest! The cookies are not for sale, and are made with dog-friendly ingredients. Plus, they're inspired by our human coo...

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  • Congratulations to the Molly Moon Cookies to Camp Contest Winners!

    WEST SEATTLE BLOG | Girl Scout Cookie season is approaching, and two West Seattle Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 44282 have a head start. Above are Eloise and Anya. Eloise’s proud mom Sybil shares the photo and explains why:

    (They) submitted essays (written essay for Anya, video essay for Eloise) to a contest hosted by Molly Moon’s ice cream parlor. The “Cookies to Camp” contest asked the question “Why do you want to go to Girl Scout Camp for the first time?” and had a short list of criteria the girls had to meet, such as never having been to a Girl Scout camp before and living in Western Washington.

    I’m excited to report that both Anya and Eloise won! Their essays were two of six selected out of 165 entries. Molly Moon’s will purchase over 1,100 boxes of Thin Mints from each winner, which will pay for a week away at Girl Scout camp. The Thin Mints are for Molly Moon’s ‘Scout Mint’ flavor ... Read more!

  • Girl Scouts from Puyallup to Teach Others about Advocacy

    PUYALLUP HERALD | Laura Balbiani, Molly Carle and Lauren Christian have been selected to the 2016 Girl Scout Global Action team. The Issaquah Scouts will help spread awareness and take action to help overcome violence against women and girls.

    The Global Action Team is a group girls in grades 9-12 who will spend a year researching violence against women. Through collaborations with local organizations and community members, Global Action Team members become advocates for women everywhere, and help educate and inspire others to do the same.

    Balbiani said: “Increasing awareness of violence against women and girls is important because it’s essential for making advancements in our society. The more people know about the issue, the more opportunities can be provided for women and girls around the world" ... Read more!

  • Girl Scouts Head to Robotics Competition

    EDMONDS BEACON | A fifth-grade troop of Edmonds Girl Scouts will head to the Washington FIRST Lego League Robotics semifinals at Shoreline Community College on Saturday, Jan. 23, to put their Lego robot, Kitty Jr., to the test.

    The girls’ team goes by the name “Terrific Techbots,” and they have been developing and sharpening their Lego building and programming skills since September.

    The team placed in the “Top 10” at the qualifiers on Dec. 12 at Glacier Peak High School, and also won the “Most Inspirational” award for a challenge.

    The FIRST Lego League is a robotics competition for elementary and middle school students ages 9 to 14 with the goal of inspiring an interest in science and technology.

    Annabelle Yenter, 11, said the team is sponsored by Girls Scouts of Western Washington. “They decided that girls should become engineers,” Yenter said, “and they wanted to encourage that, so they sponsor our Lego robotics team" ... Read the full story here!

  • Go Gold: Building a Library in Sierra Leone

    What does it take to build a library halfway around the world? To find out, Port Gamble Girl Scout Martha took on the challenge!

    Growing up, Martha Rabura understood that education was important. “My mom’s a teacher,” she explains simply.

    But it wasn’t until high school that Martha realized how many young people—especially girls—don’t have access to education. “I went to see the documentary, Girl Rising, at a local theater. While the documentary only shared the stories of a few girls, their stories symbolized the 66 million girls in the world who have been thrown away, forgotten by their countries and denied the human right of an education,” she pointed out in a recent Legion of Youth interview.

    “It’s one thing to claim I understand the importance of education but I walked out of that theater wanting to fight for it ...” Read Martha's full story on our blog!

  • New! Strong Girls Patch

    Calling all Girl Scout troop leaders! Are you interested in making your troop meetings healthier and more engaging?

    The Strong Girls Healthy Meeting patch is a free patch that is available for troops at all levels—Daisies to Ambassadors. This easy patch program helps Girl Scouts make healthy habits become the norm during troop meetings and spread these great habits to their friends, family, and community.

    Help your girls reach their full potential by reinforcing healthy habits. Check out the new Strong Girl Healthy Meeting patch program!


  • Molly Moon is Hosting an Essay Contest to Send Local Girl Scouts to Camp!

    Exciting news! Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream is hosting an essay contest to send six local Girl Scouts to camp!

    Molly has promised to buy 1,166 boxes of cookies from each winner so they can attend the Girl Scout Camp of their choice. The contest is for girls who have never been to Girl Scout camp before and the deadline is Thursday, January 21.

    Check out all the details here:

  • Girl Scouts are Learning to Lead

    CNN | I got so excited when my daughter touched a Madagascar hissing roach.

    I wouldn't be so proud except she had been insisting for weeks that she wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't have to earn the bug badge on her Girl Scout Brownie troop's agenda this year. Insects are gross. Yes, of course, bees are good for flowers, but no thanks on the badge she'd get for learning about bugs and other insects, said the 7-year-old, over and over.

    My daughter is learning finance and business principles as she takes on more tasks for the annual cookie sales that fund her troop's activities, and now she's learning them in a 21st century way with mobile app capacity.

    Along with Girl Scout troops around the country, hers is preparing to launch 2016 cookie sales this month. But here I was watching my daughter insist there's something she couldn't do: touch any insects on an upcoming troop trip.

    That's why I had guessed she would sit out the presentation by a Fernbank Museum insect expert, who had booked a private room on a recent Sunday to show us three female roaches and answer all our 12-member troop's questions.

    Except my child surprised me, getting in line to touch the roach, asking questions about what insects eat and how they communicate -- and seeing that women can be insect experts (entomologists). Already she's stepping out of her comfort zone, because that's what the parent volunteers and the girls in her troop do. (Bugs are a ty...

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  • Gold Award Centennial: Celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World!

    Over the last century, young women have honed their leadership skills to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts.

    While this award has gone by many names—starting as the Golden Eaglet of Merit in 1916 and becoming the Gold Award in 1980—it’s always recognized girls who take action to make our world a better place. Gold Award earners do good work inour backyard, throughout our country and on the other side of the planet!

    Now it’s time to celebrate the Gold Award Centennial—and we want you to join us!

    Throughout the next Girl Scout membership year, we’ll throw parties and offer special activities for everyone to get involved. Here are just a few ways you can join the fun …

    • For everyone: Earn the Gold Award Centennial Patch
      Girl Scouts of all ages (including adults) can earn the special Gold Award Centennial patch. However, it will only be available during the 2015-16 Girl Scout year—so get started now!
      For everyone: Save the Date for the Gold Award Centennial Extravaganza! On...

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  • Nominate a Woman of Distinction

    Every year, we celebrate amazing women and girls who make our community strong at our Girl Scout Luncheons!

    But we need YOU to make it happen: For our Tacoma Girl Scout Luncheon, please consider nominating a Pierce County woman leader, who has participated in Girl Scouts as a girl or as a volunteer, to be a Woman of Distinction!

    You can fill out our nomination form or learn more about our Girl Scout Luncheons

  • Summer Camp Registration is Open!

    Remember that summer feeling—that feeling of freedom, excitement, and possibility? You wanted to pack every moment with something fun. This summer, discover something new, challenge your limits, and lead your own adventure at Girl Scout Summer Camp!

    You don't even need to have any Girl Scout experience to join in the fun—all girls in grades 1-12 are welcome!

    We offer a wide range of opportunities, including overnight summer camps, day camps, and specialty camps for Girl Scout troops. Registration is open now, so you can find your perfect camp session at!

    P.S. If you sign up for camp before January 8, you can get special 2015 prices—don't miss out on this great deal!

  • A Powerful Lesson in Giving

    FRED HUTCH | There’s something strikingly familiar about the cancer community and how those who’ve been touched by this collection of deadly, debilitating diseases will often come together, almost as if at a big table, to pass along love, support, gratitude and good deeds like so many bowls of mashed potatoes and slabs of homemade pie.

    So it is with 9-year-old McCall Hunter and her family, friends and neighbors here in Seattle and beyond. So it is with the strangers who were moved by the fourth grader’s desire to make a difference and the Fred Hutch researchers who were inspired by the Girl Scout’s dedication and generosity ... Read the full story!

  • InDemand Interpreting Provides Translation Services for Girl Scouts of Western Washington

    InDemand Interpreting, a leading provider of comprehensive language services management for healthcare, is thrilled to donate translation services to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington in their continued commitment to empower every girl—regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or geographic location.

    Since their founding 103 years ago, Girl Scouts has been committed to meeting girls where they are, which means growing alongside girls from every community. Because there are girls and families throughout western Washington fwhose primary language is not English, Girl Scouts of Western Washington hopes to grow their ability to connect with these girls through translation of some of their key documents.

    “Thanks to InDemand’s assistance with document translation, we will now have more resources available to guide us in reaching even more girls,” said Jim Laugen, Chief Development and Strategy Officer for Girl Scouts of Western Washington. “What we want most is to help more girls gain access to Girl Scout programming, which we know helps them develop strong relationships, find their voice and make their mark on the world in countless ways" ... Read the full story!

  • The Gifts of Inclusion

    NEW YORK TIMES | When a donor made a $100,000 gift to the Girl Scouts’ Western Washington Council last March, it was time to break out the hand-shaped clappers.

    “Our development office has these clapper doodads, like you use on New Year’s Eve, and we clap them whenever we get a success,” the Girl Scouts’ area chief executive, Megan Ferland, recalled with a chuckle. That day, she said, “the clappers were going crazy.”

    One hundred thousand dollars was a big donation for the council, which represents about 25,500 girls in 17 counties in the western part of Washington State.

    But in late April, after the funds were in hand, Ms. Ferland received a letter from the donor. This was around the time that Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner who changed her name and gender, was in the news.

    “I will characterize the letter as saying essentially that they had seen news coverage of the Girl Scouts allowing transgender girls to participate in their programs,” says Ms. Ferland, who declined to identify the donor. “They wanted assurance that their funds would not help support transgender girls participating and if I couldn’t give that assurance they wanted the money returned.” Before she even finished reading the letter, “I thought to myself, ‘The money’s going back.’”

    Since its founding in 1912 by the philanthropist Juliette Gordon Low ... ...

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  • 114-Year-Old Emma Otis Knew a Thing or Two about the Secrets of Life

    SEATTLE TIMES | it sounds a little cheesy to say I loved a 114-year-old woman whom I met only twice, but it’s true.

    I work for the Girl Scouts. The supercentenarian whose smile is draped across my heart like a well-worn sash was our country’s oldest living Girl Scout. Emma Otis, who also held the title of the oldest Washingtonian, died in her sleep Oct. 25 just three days after she officially became the second oldest person in the country and 10th oldest person in the world. When they found her, she was holding a Girl Scout doll.

    If you sleep with a Girl Scout doll you’ve had for more than nine decades, you probably managed to soak up a lot of Girl Scout honor. In fact, you likely invented the term. Emma saw our organization in its infancy, and dedicated her life to introducing girls to powerful leadership and confidence-building opportunities that weren’t widely available at the time. She also helped found in Belfair 80 years ago one of our most beloved camps.

    Truly, it was impossible not to instantly love this woman. I first met her in 2012, when she was a spry 110-year-old in pink pants. Her hair was sprinkled in baby’s breath and her voice was both tiny and big, excited and frustrated, pouring out of her throat in cracked prepubescent crescendos and timid whispers. She was like a sweet, wrinkled child, peering up at me through glasses nearly as big as her face. “Everything about Girl Scouts makes me so happy!” she said, clapping. “Everything!” ...&...

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  • Customer Engagement Initiative—Get Ready for a New and Improved Experience!

    Imagine a world where girls and volunteers join Girl Scouts with ease, the process of becoming a troop leader is completed in a few days (instead of weeks!) and volunteers and families can easily get the support they need, in ways that best fit their schedules and lives.

    Can you imagine it? We can too, and we’re ready to make it a reality!

    That’s why we’re introducing the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI), an interactive and user-friendly new way to connect with Girl Scouts and support the girls in your life. From a faster and easier joining and renewal process, to improved resources for volunteers, the Customer Engagement Initiative is all about serving you better.

    The Customer Engagement Initiative will include:

      New Girl Scout Website: We’ve streamlined our website to make it faster to find exactly what you’re looking for—whether you’re on a computer, tablet or phone! Online Volunteer Toolkit: The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital resource designed to make it much easier for K-5 troop leaders to manage troops, prepare for and lead meetings, and connect with other volunteers. Volunteer Systems: Systems is behind-the-scenes technology that will make it easier and quicker for our members to join Girl Scouts, serve as a volunteer, register for programs, get up-to-date information and so much more. My GS Member Community: The My GS Member Community w...

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  • Meadowdale High Grad Earns Girl Scouts’ Highest Honor for Science Project

    EDMONDS NEWS | A 19-year-old Meadowdale High School graduate recently received the Girl Scouts’ highest honor for her work to engage Edmonds School District fourth- and fifth-grade students in hands-on science.

    Jessica Dyck was honored in June with the Girl Scout Gold Award, given to Girl Scouts who have changed their communities—and the world—in a way that has a sustainable impact.

    The award recognized Dyck’s efforts to develop special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) kits for students in Bob Shepard’s class at Seaview Elementary. The kits, each containing nine activities, were formulated using Next Generation Science Standards, which are the new guidelines regarding science curriculum in the Edmonds School District.

    But the impact of her work didn’t stop with Seaview Elementary. The kits can now be found in all fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms in the Edmonds School District.

    Science has been a passion for Dyck since a young age. “Science has always just clicked with me,” she said. “It’s like a big puzzle that I can solve.” It’s this enthusiasm that pushed her to teach elementary school students in the way that she learned: hands-on science.

    “When I can physically do science instead of studying it, I absolutely love it, ” said Dyck, who is now pursuing a double major in molecular and cellular biology – in addition to classical studies – at the University of Puget Sound. Since standardized testing starts at fourth and fi...

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  • Eastside Girl Scout Troop Reunites 20 Years Later at Camp

    SEATTLE TIMES | You can imagine them back then, tromping around Camp River Ranch in jeans and vests covered with badges. A little gawky, a little loud, but up for anything because they were together. They were one. They were Girl Scout Troop 1718 of the Eastside.

    Twenty years later, they are accomplished, educated women with well-punched passports and 30-year mortgages. Two are librarians. One is a lawyer. Another a public-relations account director and another a government analyst. Three stayed local, while three moved away to Portland, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

    They were back at River Ranch for Glamp, a fundraising weekend sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington that invited anyone who had been a Girl Scout—or wished she had been—to spend the weekend in Carnation, doing what Scouts do, with the addition of massages and a fancy dinner with wine. Lots of wine.

    Kari Fugitt, 37, who lives in Washington, D.C., had read about Glamp online and reached out to everyone through Facebook. The group hadn’t been all together since high-school graduation.

    “I feel like sending Mark Zuckerberg a thank-you note,” said Erin Ostrander, 36, a children’s librarian for the King County Library System who lives in Seattle. “I thought it was ingenious,”

    Chrissy Vaughn, 36, said of using Glamp to reunite with her troopmates, who included Tami Wilkerson, 36, of Portland, and Sarah Monson, 37, who just moved to Kirkland. On Glamp weekend, the once-ga...

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  • Kent Girl Scout’s Project Leads the Way for Community Fitness

    KENT REPORTER | Becka Gately's love of fitness inspired her to organize and promote a health and fitness night at Kent's Panther Lake Elementary School.

    The 17-year-old was recognized for her efforts with the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization's highest achievement, at the Gold Award Gala at the Tacoma Art Museum last month.

    The Gold Award, open only to Girl Scouts in high school who have received their Bronze and Silver awards, challenges candidates to improve their communities.

    Gately, who starts her senior year at Kentwood High School in the fall, has been involved in Girl Scouts since she was in kindergarten and completed her Bronze and Silver projects with her friends who were in her troop.

    "I like to make an impact and like to lead, so I decided to pursue it," Gately said of her decision to take on the Gold Award project.

    At the time Gately began researching her project, her mom, Kelley Gately, worked at Panther Lake Elementary, and connected Gately with Coleen Schlichte, physical eduction teacher at Panther Lake. Schlichte had been interested in organizing a fitness night for the school, and Gately decided to help lead the project.

    Gately said she knew she wanted her Gold Award project to involve helping kids and as a soccer player, she was interested in promoting fitness and healthy living, so organizing Panther Lake's fitness night was a perfect fit …...

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  • Taking a Lead on Transgender Rights—You Go, Girl Scouts!

    SEATTLE TIMES | “Girl Scouts is for every girl.” That’s not just an empty slogan. For the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, this message of inclusion really means something.

    Transgender rights became a marquee civil-rights issue after Olympic-gold-medalist-turned-reality-TV-star Caitlyn Jenner captivated the nation with her transformation last May.

    Since then, the local Girl Scouts chapter has proven itself a model for how old institutions can embrace diversity in the 21st century.

    The chapter recently turned down a $100,000 contribution after an unnamed donor requested a “guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls.”

    The organization said “no thanks” and started a month-long Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to make back the money that was pledged.

    Within three days, the chapter raised in excess of $297,000 from more than 6,000 donors. Proceeds will be used to ensure all girls can join a troop. About 2,000 would-be members request financial assistance each year.

    Girl Scouts of Western Washington Chief Executive Officer Megan Ferland’s unwavering leadership on this issue started in 2011. As then-head of Girl Scouts of Colorado, she helped welcome a 7-year-old transgender girl into the fold after the child was initially denied membership by a troop in Denver.

    Now in Seattle, Ferland presides over an organization that rejects discrimination. The council’s brave stance has created goodwill from all over...

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  • Girl Scouts Reject Anti-Transgender Gift, Then Triple the Money

    LA TIMES | The moral dilemma began with a $100,000 check to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington—enough to send 500 girls to summer camp, Scout leaders knew.

    But there was a catch. The anonymous donor stipulated in a letter: "Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money."

    That caveat was a problem.

    "We're an organization dedicated to helping all girls become the best version of themselves and we don't want any barriers in place for their success," said Stefanie Ellis, public relations director of the Western Washington Girl Scouts Council, which counts more than 25,000 active members across 17 counties. "The stipulation attached to that would have been a barrier."

    The Scouts returned the money. 

    But $100,000 was hard to pass up. So on Monday, the council's online marketing manager launched a crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo to try to recoup it with donations.

    By Thursday evening, #ForEVERYGirl had raised more than $300,000 — triple the original goal.

    A video posted to the IndieGogo page says: "Girl Scouts empowers EVERY girl regardless of her gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, to make the world a better place. We won't exclude ANY girl." It has been viewed tens of thousands of times.

    "Yesterday we thought it was a fluke, like, 'This is the best day of our lives and...

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  • Girl Scouts Choose Transgender Girls Over $100,000 Donation

    WASHINGTON POST | Megan Ferland told Seattle Metropolitan that the Girl Scouts of Western Washington were “thrilled” to pull in a $100,000 donation earlier this year.

    Thrilled! And who wouldn’t be? One hundred thousand dollars is quite the haul. So, yeah, the reaction was pretty big, too.

    “We have these little clapper thingies, and the clappers go mad when we get that kind of gift,” Ferland, the council’s chief executive, told the magazine.

    But then Ferland learned that the gift came with a stipulation, Seattle Met reported: The donor wanted a promise that the money wouldn’t be used to support transgender girls.

    So that donation—all $100,000 of it—went back to the donor.

    “Girl Scouts is for every girl,” Ferland told the magazine. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”

    This week, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington set about trying to recoup the funds they thought they once had. They didn’t try to hit up the original donor again but instead started an online fundraising campaign.

    “$100,000 is a lot of money,” their Indiegogo page states. “In fact, it’s almost a third of our entire financial assistance program for this year — and girls need this support now. That’s why losing this gift is such a big deal.”

    By midday Tuesday, the day-old campaign had already reached its goal. By Wednesday, the Girl Scouts had raised more than $250,000. “We’ve been blown away by the outpouring o...

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  • Girl Scouts Give Back $100K Gift to Stand for Transgender Girls

    SEATTLE MET | A $50,000 donation is cause for celebration at the Queen Anne offices of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. “We have these little clapper thingies, and the clappers go mad when we get that kind of gift,” says the council’s CEO, Megan Ferland. So when Ferland came back to the office earlier this spring and announced that she’d just landed a $100,000 donation, the place went mad. Not only did it represent nearly a quarter of the council’s annual fundraising goal, it would pay to send 500 girls to camp. “We were thrilled,” Ferland says.

    Except there was a catch. In late May, as news of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition was blowing up your Facebook news feed, she received a letter from the donor with a brief request: Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.

    Ferland chooses her words carefully when discussing the donor, whose identity she won’t reveal out of respect for their privacy. “The relationship is complex,” is all she’ll say. But she does admit to being “very sad” upon receiving the letter. Shortly after that, though, she made up her mind about how to respond: In a short letter, she informed the donor that she would, in fact, be returning the money. Her reasoning was simple. “Girl Scouts is for every girl,” she says. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”

    This is the second time in less than five years that a Girl Scouts...

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  • 9-Year-Old Helping Kitsap County's Homeless

    KOMO NEWS | When most girls might be playing with dolls, Hailey Fort is wielding a nail gun. With the help of her parents, the Kitsap County nine-year-old is building her first "mobile sleeping shelter" to give the homeless a dry and safe place to rest.

    "I saw a man on the street and I wanted to help him," Hailey says. "I asked my mom if I could, and she said yes."

    That was four years ago. Along with her parents, Hailey planted a small garden. This year, she hopes to harvest more than 200 pounds of fresh vegetables to help feed Kitsap County's homeless.

    She also hand-delivers small toiletries to those she sees on the streets, men and women she comes to call her "friends."

    It's a bit overwhelming at times for Miranda Fort, who helps her daughter and shares her progress through the "Hailey's Harvest" Facebook page.

    "I think they're normally a bit taken aback," Miranda Fort says. "The fact that there's this little kid in their space asking, 'How can I help you?'"

    Hailey and her parents are supported by donors, including Lowes Home Improvement, who knocked 50 percent off the cost of supplies for Hailey's shelter. She hopes to build a dozen before the end of the year, but is still looking for locations in Kitsap County that will allow them.

    Hailey says she wants to be a philanthropist when she grows up; "someone who takes care of people," she says … <...

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  • Girl Scouts Invited to Hunker in for a Night at City Hall

    ISSAQUAH REPORTER | Girl Scouts from 4th through 12th grade have a chance to join Sammamish city officials to learn more about local government.

    About 45 Daisies and Brownies, girls from kindergarten through third grade, joined Sammamish council members Ramiro Valderrama-Aramayo and Bob Keller at the last meeting in Sammamish City Hall March 23 from 6-7:30 p.m.

    Brownies worked on completing their Celebrating Community badge. Daisies, girls in kindergarten and first grade, don’t earn badges.

    The goal of the event is to familiarize scouts with the rules and operations of government, as well as instilling the importance of community and fostering a sense of leadership among the girls.

    The first time Girl Scouts of Western Washington gathered for a night in city hall was in mid-November 2014. This event was for older girls, grades 4-12. Since that event went well, Girl Scouts of Western Washington Regional Program Manager Skylar O’Harrow said they decided to hold more events this spring.

    The next event, for girls 4-12, is April 22 in Sammamish City Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Adults must attend. Registration is free.

    Juniors, fourth and fifth graders, can work on their Inside Government badge. Cadettes, sixth through eighth graders, can work on their Finding Common Ground badge. Seniors, ninth and 10th graders, can work toward their Behind the Ballot badge; and Ambassadors, 11th and 12th graders, can work toward their Public Policy badge … <...

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