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

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

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 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 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

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

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!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Girl Scout Daisies from Troop 45741 help at Oregon Food Bank

Girl Scout Daisies from Troop 45741 (SU15) had the pleasure of donating an afternoon of their time to help repackage bins of carrots for the Oregon Food Bank earlier this year. They had no idea what their assignment would be prior to arrival, but were willing to help out wherever they were needed. Along with other volunteers that afternoon, their efforts helped to provide 11,557 meals to those less fortunate, which equated to 13,868 pounds of carrots that were packaged into family-sized bags. The girls had a wonderful time knowing that they played a part in helping our community, and are anxious to return again. The Oregon Food Bank can accept volunteers as young as 6 years old, so this was an excellent opportunity for our Daisies to learn what community service is all about.

Friday, August 16, 2013

End-of-year ceremony a fun family occasion for troops in Eugene/Springfield

Special thanks to Megan Bassett for sharing this story from a special recognitions ceremony earlier this spring!

Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette girls from Spanish-speaking troops in the Eugene/Springfield area had a wonderful end of year recognition ceremony and celebration at the Eugene Service Center on April 19th.  This was an occasion for the whole family as new Girl Scouts received their pins and the girls who participated in the cookie program received their patches and earned incentives. After the candle lighting ceremony and receipt of recognitions, everyone enjoyed a potluck dinner. About 30 people attended. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Girl Scouts get 30% off at Columbia and Mountain Hardwear!

Have we got a deal for you, Girl Scouts!

Our supporters at Columbia Sportswear have offered us a major discount. Girl Scout adult members can show their child's vest, their leader shirt or uniform and receive 30% off your entire purchase at select Columbia and Mountain Hardwear stores August 3-September 3.

You may bring up to four friends or family members with you to share the discount! Print this flier and bring it with you: to the store

This offer is good at any of the following Columbia locations:

Columbia Flagship
911 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Mountain Hardwear
722 SW Taylor
Portland, OR 97205

PDX Airport
7000 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218

Friday, August 2, 2013

Step into STEM with these fun workshops!

We have some great upcoming STEM workshop opportunities. Sign up soon to secure your place!

STEM: Product Designer Badge Workshop
Inventors and Innovators: learn about great innovators who have changed the way we live, while we build some interesting inventions using LEGO bricks.  Consider and write about what you could invent, what it would take to build it and make it work and how it could change our lives.
Open to GS Juniors
August 17, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Portland Service center

STEM: Intro to Robotics Badge Workshop
Prepare for the future as we explore the world of robotics wit LEGO WeDo and NXT Robotics! Build, program and have a great time collaborating with your teammates.
Open to GS Juniors - Ambassadors
August 24, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Portland Service Center

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Treat yourself at Hooky Weekend!

Girl Scout volunteers, have you had the amazing experience known as Hooky Weekend? 

The 20-year tradition is a campout for all adults, regardless of their Girl Scout experience. There are workshops for skills, for fun and CPR classes, but the thing we hear about the most is the benefit of meeting and talking shop with other volunteers. 

From Hooky Weekend organizer Cheryl Holmes: 

Treat yourself, you deserve it!  Hooky Weekend is Girl Scout camp for adults, happening September 20-22, 2013 on the Oregon Coast near Florence (at Camp Cleawox). Volunteers and adults do so much to enrich girls' lives. This is an opportunity to let us enrich yours.  

For $40, you will enjoy lodging, meals and fun.  The cost includes CPR/First Aid for the first 24 participants that want/need to take the class.  This year we will have speakers during our meals.  I can't wait!  

Call or email Cheryl Holmes for more information 541-510-0800 or Registration is through Personify. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Say hello to our 2013 Holly Hammann Award recipients!

GSOSW would like to congratulate our 2013 Holly Hammann Award recipients!

History of the award: Holly Hammann was an avid Girl Scout.  As a girl and an adult, she brought fun and enthusiasm to all.  Holly worked as a counselor at Camp Cleawox and was later a member of the council board of directors.  She contributed greatly to the camping experiences of many girls in our council.  Very early in Holly's adulthood, she was the victim of a fatal automobile accident.  Holly had many friends and through their generous contributions, a fund was established that gives a full campership for use at one session at resident camp to the girl who best represents the essence of Girl Scouting.

And our 2013 recipients are... 

Eden Greager
Eden Greager is a Girl Scout Senior from Medford. She started in Girl Scouts as a Daisy and has recently helped as a PA at the Medford Day Camp. She is active in her community, co-leading a children's group at her church and organizing a Christmas present drive for needy families. 

Niasha Oden
Niasha Oden is a Beaverton Girl Scout  who started her own service organization, Cranes of Hope, inspired by her mother and grandmother's battles with cancer. Niasha folds thousands of paper cranes, writes messages of hope on them and places them in oncology clinics across the state (and some in other states). She also holds service events where she teaches other people to fold paper cranes.

Congratulations to our 2013 awardees! We are proud to have you in the Girl Scout family. For more information or to nominate a girl for the Holly Hammann Award, check back to the GSOSW website this winter. We will announce on the web, newsletters and social media when the 2014 application is available.