When Kaitlin Alayo started Girl Scouts in kindergarten, she had no idea it would eventually bring her to rural Peru—and change the way she sees the world.
This past January, Kaitlin Alayo stood in the middle of a dusty clinic in the rural outskirts of Cusco, Peru. She fiddled with one of the recycled hearing aids she’d brought with her from Redmond, working to get it properly fit on a young woman.
“She was pregnant and she was so excited to be getting the hearing aid—she’d never had one before—because she’d be able to hear her new baby cry for the very first time,” remembers Kaitlin.
It was moments like these that made Kaitlin’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project all worth it … Read more
Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. The Girl Scout Birthday on March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. This year, 2015, represents our 103rd birthday!
What Does Each Day Stand For?
Each day of the Girl Scout Week represents something different. Here what they stand for and a few ideas on how you could celebrate.
- Girl Scout Sunday: Take part in a religious service and wear your Girl Scout uniform. Consider earning your My Promise, My Faith pin. Explore a faith different from your own.
- Service to Family Monday: Give back to the people in your family or your home.
- Service to Community Tuesday: Give back to your school, church or any organization that helps our community.
- Health and Safety Wednesday: Learn how to incorporate healthy living, exercise, stress relief, nutrition and FUN into your everyday life.
- International Friendship Day Thursday and GIRL SCOUTS BIRTHDAY: Find an international pen pal. Learn how you can make a difference in your global community.
- Arts and Culture Friday: Go to a play, museum or concert. Learn how to you can support the arts in your local community.
- Service to the Planet Saturday: Learn how you can make a difference in your community through conservation and ecology.
Earn Your Girl Scout Week Patch
If you’re ready to take Girl Scout Week to the next level, you can earn your Girl Scout Week Patch. Check out the requirements here!
“I have a voice … I used mine to make an impact.”
– Girl Scout Sophie Knudson
When she was only 16 years old, Girl Scout Sophie Knudson discovered a fact that would change her life: around the world, a child dies every 60 seconds from malaria.
This was back in 2012, when Sophie was attending the Girls’ World Forum in Chicago. During five whirlwind days, Sophie learned about what it takes to be a global citizen, spoke with women and girls from across the planet, and got a crash course in the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
One of the Millennium Development Goals stuck with her: combating malaria and other easily-preventable diseases. So when she found out about the high rate of child mortality related to malaria, “there was no question of doing something or not,” Sophie states. Read more
The YAYA Hiker Girl Scouts have explored western Washington for over a decade. This year, they’re tackling their biggest challenge yet …
“Is this real? Am I really standing in the middle of this? How is it possible, when the only time you see this kind of beauty is in pictures and on postcards?”
That’s how Girl Scout Victoria Holmes describes her favorite part of hiking: that moment when you pause on a trail, breath in the nature around you, and get to appreciate the beauty of the land. Read more
Last summer, Redmond Girl Scout Julia Doherty sat down across the table from a role model of female leadership: Washington Representative Suzan DelBene.
It was part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s new video series, called Portraits in Leadership. Across the country, Girl Scouts like Julia met with their local congresswomen to learn about their individual leadership journeys and discover what inspired them to take on leadership roles! Read more
Last Thanksgiving, residents at the Cascade Park Vista assisted living facility stood waiting in the lobby, looking toward the front door.
Although it was the holiday, they weren’t spending it with loved ones—some didn’t have any family visitors coming at all.
But they didn’t have to wait long before Girl Scout Emily Schneider—all red hair and smiles—walked through the door with her very special fuzzy friend: Charlie, the therapy dog.
The dynamic duo was here for a holiday visit!