Friday, January 10, 2014

Girl Scout Cookie Season is Here!


Cookie order taking has officially started! Now is a great time to use Cookie Club to send emails to potential cookie customers (especially if you're out of town, or lots of your regular contacts are still out of town).

Cookie Club customers purchase an average of 2 boxes more per ask than other customers - so flex those fingers and log in to the Cookie Club! (Make sure your cookie permission slip is on file with your troop and your troop has set up girls in Cookie Club in order to access.)

And don’t despair if you are ready to sell Girl Scout cookies and your troop doesn't have order cards out yet - there is one extra week of order taking this year! The #1 reason that most people give for not buying Girl Scout cookies is that they were never asked, so use this time to plan out your cookie contact strategies!

Coming Up this Weekend
The premiere of “Girl Scout Cookie Wonderland” is this Saturday, January 11! It’s a fun – and easy – way to inspire and teach girls about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. This magical, behind-the-scenes bakery tour is the must-see show of the season.

During the show, each girl will be invited to complete her own Recipe for Success, a business plan for the Cookie Season. This simple tool will help girls develop skills they will take with them for life.

All you really need are about 50 minutes and an Internet connection. Starting January 11, 2014, you will find Cookie Wonderland on the home page of littlebrowniebakers.com. Can’t watch it this weekend? No problem! Watch later with your family at home or together with your troop at your next troop gathering. Enjoy the show!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Greatness that is Girl Scouts

Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of the USA's CEO Anna Maria Chavez wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post. You can head over to their site to read the whole thing, but here are a few fun facts we pulled out!
  • Today, there are 59 million living Girl Scout alumnae -- meaning roughly 1 out of every 2 American women was a Girl Scout at some point in her life. 
  • 70% of female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list are Girl Scout alumnae. 
  • 54% of women in the current U.S. Congress were Girl Scouts. 14 of the 20 women in the Senate, or 70%, were Girl Scouts. 
  • The last three female Secretaries of State, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Madeline Albright, were all Girl Scouts. 
  • All current female state governors across the country are Girl Scout alumnae. 
  • Leaders in business, like Ellen Kullman, Chair and CEO of DuPont; Virginia Rometty, Chair and CEO of IBM; Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO, of Sam's Club; designer and entrepreneur Vera Wang; Christine Osekoski, Publisher of Fast Company Magazine -- were all Girl Scouts growing up. Media giant Katie Couric and former astronaut and founder of the Jemison Group, Mae Jemison, are also alumnae.
Well done, Anna Maria!

Friday, October 11, 2013

GirlFest update: Register before 10/26 for the early registration pricing discount!


Have you registered for GirlFest yet? Make sure to register by October 26 to get the pre-registration pricing. 

Here are a few updates for the event! For more information, visit girlscoutsosw.org/girlfest.

Lodging options


If you and your troop or group are traveling to the event, GSOSW has a few lodging options that are available:
  • Mountaindale Outdoor Program Center has beds available for $8 per person, per night. You must register for this separately in Personify (available Monday, 10/14). 
  • Best Western Inn at The Meadows is offering a Girl Scout discount to traveling troops for $79 with two adults and $85 with up to four adults. The hotel also offers free parking and a shuttle to the expo. To take advantage of the discount, you must contact the hotel directly at 503-286-9600.


Are you, or is someone in your troop a “Mompreneur”? 

GSOSW has a few booth spaces left at GirlFest and we want to invite any of our members with businesses who might be interested in promoting their product at Girlfest to contact us for more information. 

We do ask that you provide a hands-on activity for girls at your booth, which we are happy to help you develop if needed. We have a reduced fee for our moms and it’s great exposure for your product to lots of girls and their parents. Some limitations do apply and we will ensure that there is only one of each vendor on site. For all the details, contact Minda at events@girlscoutsosw.org.


We have some potential money earning opportunities at GirlFest for troops with Cadettes - Ambassadors at GirlFest! 

We have a few spaces left at Girl Fest for entrepreneurial troops to do money earning activities. If your troop wants to host a booth like face painting, body art, jewelry creation, photo booth, etc, or, want to do a booth but need some ideas, we would love to hear from you. Contact Jennifer Akins at jakins@girlscoutsosw.org. All money earning rules apply.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Calling all mompreneurs!



Are you, or is someone in your troop a “Mompreneur”? 

GSOSW has a few booth spaces left at GirlFest and we want to invite any of our members with businesses who might be interested in promoting their product at Girlfest to contact us for more information. 

We do ask that you provide a hands-on activity for girls at your booth, which we are happy to help you develop if needed. We have a reduced fee for our moms and it’s great exposure for your product to lots of girls and their parents. Some limitations do apply and we will ensure that there is only one of each vendor on site. For all the details, contact Minda at events@girlscoutsosw.org. See you at GirlFest!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Girl Scout Cadettes in Oregon City clean up Filbert Run Park


Thanks to Shawnda Horn for sending in this photo and piece from the Oregon City news this summer!

The Girl Scout Cadettes and leaders of Troops 42143 & 42448 in Oregon City planned and implemented a "Clean Up the Park Day" at Filbert Run Park on August 10. With assistance from additional volunteers from the Hazelgrove Westling Farms Neighborhood Association, the girls were able to achieve their goal of removing fifty wheelbarrow loads of debris from the Oregon City park. This was one of the girls' community volunteer projects.

The participants in the Filbert Run Park Cleanup Day were, from left to right: Front: Ashylnn Lucas, Ciara Fritcher, Madisyn Montgomery, Amanda Lee, Kelsey Horn and Angelyca Strand.
Back: Beth Strand, Shawnda Horn, Pam Lee and Kristie Bacon

Monday, September 23, 2013

New GSUSA destinations announced, plus local travel trainings and workshops!

GSOSW's Troop 11380 traveled to London in 2013!

Ever wanted to go to London, Morocco, Japan or Scotland? Those amazing places and more have just been announced on Girl Scouts of the USA's list of amazing destinations! You can find the list on the Travel section of the GSUSA site

If you're planning on applying for one of these trips, have already been accepted or want to take your older girls for a similarly big trip, don't miss these upcoming travel workshops!

Travel Discovery Workshop
Elks Lodge, Bend OR
If you have been accepted or are ready to apply for a destination, council sponsored trip or patrol, this workshop is for you!  You will learn about council expectations, earning money for your trip, forms, packing, passports, financial aid, travel safety and much more!
Bring a sack lunch.
October 5, 2013
10am - 4pm
$10/girl

Extended Travel Training
Elks Lodge, Bend OR
Want to take your Older Girls to the coast for a week, up to Canada, back East or even to Europe? This training is designed for leaders/advisors to learn how to plan a successful Girl Scout trip.  Discussion items include: Girl Scout requirements, transportation, lodging, eating, progression in travel, resources and more.  All the logistical details of how to plan and execute a trip will be discussed….and how to make a trip a girl led and girl decision process.
Bring a sack lunch.
October 5, 2013
11 am - 3pm
$5/person

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rock stars for a day: Girl Scouts perform at Latino Night Celebration

Thanks to Lorraine Navarro, a volunteer with Girl Scout Troop 20504, for contributing this blog post!

Last October, we were approached by Centro Latino Americano to perform in their 40th Anniversary and Latino Night celebration. After speaking with the girls and their parents at our next meeting, we all agreed that it sounded like a fun idea! We had had so much success at the girls' first show at Solvang Retirement Center that we decided to keep up with the community performances. After much practicing and picking out our outfits, the Girl Scouts in Hispanic Initiative were ready to go on stage again!

We all met at the Valley River Inn on a cold and rainy Friday night. Some of the girls had their troop vests over their traditional Mexican folk dance outfits. It was an unspoken tradition that we had adopted at our first show. After getting a little lost in the lobby, we made our way to the “Dressing Room.” Much to our surprise, it was catered by Cinnabon and other delicious looking food! In over 20 years dancing, I have never even had a catered dressing room! They really made the girls feel like stars.

After much excitement and a little bit of exploring around the inn, a representative came to our room to inform us that we were going on soon. Everyone seemed a little nervous but we giggled and gave pep talks to reassure the girls. We made our way down the stairs and were stopped by many guests and staff who wanted to compliment our outfits. We stopped near the Centro Latino banquet hall and waited for our names to be called.

There had much practice before the show for our dances and choreography but we didn't really know what our entrance would look like. Once our names were called, we walked in to a very large banquet hall with cameras and lights flashing. It was very much like being super stars. We made our way to the stage and began our dances: La Botella, Los Machetes, La Raspa and Jarabe Tapatio.

We finished up to an enormous applause! Back out in the lobby, we took many pictures, congratulated each other and thanked the Centro Latino coordinators for inviting us to such a fabulous event! We were very proud of the girls. They really pulled together and improvised. We had been missing a dancer and they worked their way around it. It was a show that all of us will definitely never forget!