Go Gold: Take a Stand to #StopBullying

389986_563044547070410_1824077698_nGirl Scout Brooke Sahli wants you to take a stand against bullying!

For many anti-bullying advocates, the passion to stop bullying comes from having experienced bullying firsthand.

That’s especially true for young women. Nationally, one-third of girls ages 12–18 say that they have been bullied at school.

However, Brooke came face to face with the seriousness of bullying in different way: In the eighth grade, a close friend of hers took his own life because he was being bullied. This was a wake-up call to Brooke, who says that it hurts her to think anyone would consider harming themselves because they felt like they were being teased or harassed.

“I want to help spread the anti-bullying word and give people a chance to know what they can do or where they can go to get help,” says Brooke. Read more

Mukilteo Declares Anti-Bullying Day to Celebrate the Work of Three Girl Scouts

Thanks to the work of three Girl Scouts, July 21 will forever be Anti-Bullying Day in Mukilteo.

V__0CCAWhen you consider that these girls, Milly Marriott-Green, Annemarie Murphy and Kaelyn Drummond, only expected their project to be delivered to a group of fifth grade students at Serene Lake Elementary School, that’s kind of a big deal.

They were only trying to help a small corner of their world, and, now, their work has created a ripple effect of goodness that will hopefully keep growing—and impacting more people—for years to come.

Talk about the Girl Scout mission in action!

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Celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month with Girl Scouts

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Bullying is a big problem facing girls and teens. Almost 54% of girls say they have been bullied in the last twelve weeks—and that number has got to change.

That’s why we’re celebrating National Bullying Prevention Month this October. All this month, we’re sharing information, resources and examples of girls taking action to prevent bullying on our Facebook page.

The best part is that many Girl Scouts in western Washington are already taking part in anti-bullying experiences. Read more

Awesome Woman: Cheryl Waters

Girl Scout alumnae and KEXP radio superstar Cheryl Waters shares her story—plus advice for any girl who wants to be a DJ!

cherylinaustinWhat would it feel like to have a famous voice?

Would you be nervous knowing people as far away as Copenhagen and as close as Kirkland listen to your jokes, watch the live music sessions you organize and take your recommendations about which bands to check out?

Most people might be nervous, but if you’re Cheryl Waters, midday host and producer at KEXP, it’s just a day’s work.
But it’s a totally awesome day!

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Go Gold: Girl Scouts Rally Behind Science, Tech, Engineering and Math

It’s back-to-school time again! And for thousands of kids and teens across western Washington, that means it’s back to science class … even if it’s not everyone’s favorite subject.

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 1.44.59 PMThis is especially true for girls: only 14% of girls say they want to become scientists.

But this year, fourth and fifth graders in the Edmonds School District will be using something new to explore science, technology, engineering and math: special STEM Kits created by Gold Award Girl Scout Jessica Dyck.

 

“Science has always just clicked for me,” says Jessica. “I’ve always loved puzzles and how things work together, and I wanted to find a way to share my love of science with others. I wanted to help students understand the magic behind science.”

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Go Gold: “I Wasn’t Going to Let the Vandals Win”

One tenacious Girl Scout came back swinging after vandals destroyed her Gold Award project.

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When Girl Scouts go for their Gold Award, they typically put in over 100 hours of work, raise hundreds of dollars, and wrangle dozens of volunteers and community partners.

In short: they do a lot of work.

So when vandals ripped apart Girl Scout Candace Loftus’ Gold Award project—a Snoqualmie Valley Trail rest area with a bench, hitching rail, information sign and watering post—it was a big blow.

By the time the damage was discovered, her bench had been torn out of the ground, carved into and partially burned. The rest spot was empty and bare.

The first thing Candace felt was outraged. “I was angry and upset,” she says. “I felt so disappointed.” But the second thing Candace felt was determination: “I wasn’t going to let the vandals win!”

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