Go Gold: 22 Girl Scouts Who Changed Our Community This Year

This year, we honored 22 amazing Girl Scouts from western Washington at our Gold Award Gala—along with six of our sister Girl Scouts from eastern and southwest Washington and Idaho. Together, these young women dedicated thousands of hours to create change in their communities.

During the gala, Patty Murray—Washington state’s senior U.S. Senator—shared a message with our Highest Award earners. As Washington’s first female Senator and a Girl Scout alumnae, Senator Murray explained how Girl Scouts exposed her to ideas and possibilities she could never have imagined.

Please join Senator Patty Murray and all the Girl Scouts of Western Washington staff in congratulating these incredible young women! Read more

10 Awesome Silver Award Projects That Blew Us Away!

SilverAward_PageBannerOver the past year, 243 local Girl Scouts from eleven counties completed almost 13,000 hours of service through 115 Silver Award Projects. Those are some incredible numbers!

Projects ranged from hosting a gigantic career fair and helping recruit guide dog volunteers, to teaching girls about snap circuits and building a sustainable greenhouse entirely out of plastic bottles. How cool is that?

Here’s a snapshot of just ten of these great projects—get ideas, get inspired, or just get excited about the amazing girls who are making a difference in our community … Read more

Go Gold: Rain Gardens and Road Trips

Andie Mitchell saw a need in her community and took action to improve it, but that’s just a small part of this Girl Scout’s journey.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAndie, a Bainbridge Island native, knew she wanted to complete her Gold Award—the highest award a Girl Scout can receive—but was unsure what her community needed. It was a meeting with the parks department that introduced her to rain gardens.

“When I started, I didn’t even know what a rain garden was, but now I’m a huge supporter of them,” Andie says.

She teamed up with the parks department and a local rain garden expert to convert a swampy, marshy area near the beach into a native plant oasis that would absorb water and filter pollutants from the road above. Read more

Ready to Meet Some Third and Fourth Grade Girl Scout Engineers?

Meet the Terrific Tech Bots from Edmonds, who can now add robot programmer to their resume!

IMG_1709The Terrific Tech Bots are one of Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s 13 teams in the FIRST LEGO League engineering program this season – one of many science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences that girls have access to through Girl Scouts. The program allows all-girl teams the chance to explore the world of robotics and learn how to work as a team to put a project together.

The girls started the season not knowing one another and never even had exposure to robotics or engineering. In fact, one of the girls had never even played with LEGOs before. And just as quickly as they began their new adventure, they finished with a complete robot that made it all the way to the state semi-finals! Read more

Celebrate National Volunteer Week with Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts wouldn’t exist without amazing volunteers.

From troop meetings and camp outs, to cookie sales and all those tricky logistics (banking, anyone?), our volunteers always give it their all to help Girl Scouts achieve great things. So we’re celebrating these awesome individuals during National Volunteer Week—April 12-18, 2015!

We can’t ever say THANK YOU enough, but our staff got together to create this video to express our enthusiasm for our volunteers!

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Now, it’s your turn to celebrate National Volunteer Week. We hope you’ll take a minute to say thank you to the Girl Scout volunteers who have made a difference in your life. Read more

Go Gold: Building Community—Near and Far

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.

P1050980 (2)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