Kids Helping Kids: Making a Difference at Seattle Children’s Hospital

“Imagine that you’re a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital and you have to be here for a month and you have to be in your bed. What would you be thinking? What would you be feeling? What would you want to help pass that time?”

Bracelets Bringing Smiles 4That’s what Janel Wohlers, the In-Kind Gift Coordinator at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says to Girl Scouts who are brainstorming ways they can help young hospital patients.

Hundreds of kids come to the hospital each year—and many local Girl Scouts donate their time, energy and enthusiasm to make their stay just a little bit brighter.

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Awesome Woman: Julie Metzger

AW_JulieGirls grow up to become women. We all know it’s true, but sometimes it’s hard to talk about the middle phase: puberty.

Whether you’re a parent, guardian or volunteer who works with girls, it can be a struggle to find the right words to help the girls in your life navigate the acne-clogged road to adulthood with the confidence and security they need to keep moving forward.

That’s where Girl Scout alumna Julie Metzger comes in.

As a professional speaker, nurse, author and co-founder of the youth-focused, Great Conversations, she’s been helping adults and kids navigate the important conversations about growing up for the last 25 years.

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Sneaky Science: Getting More Girl Scouts into STEM

Mainbanner_ScienceWorkshops_FINALAt Girl Scouts of Western Washington, we’re always looking for new ways to engage girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

So last spring, we gathered a group of girls together to talk science. They were in grades K-8 and from diverse, low-income communities where access to STEM opportunities is often limited. We didn’t tell the girls what the conversation was about beforehand—we wanted to see their immediate, real-time response to the idea of STEM programming.

When we introduced the word “science,” their reactions were alarming.

Several girls walked out. Others said we’d tricked them. Almost every girl said science was boring, and many said it was difficult, hard or frightening. Almost no one could describe what an engineer does.

We took those reactions as a challenge: how could we get these girls to engage with STEM—without scaring them off? Read more

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