Making Global Connections at Our Chalet

Last July, Girl Scout alumna Sue Hislop woke up to this view:

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She had finally arrived at Our Chalet—a Girl Scout World Center in Switzerland—and she couldn’t believe her eyes.

“When you get to that valley, it’s like something out of a fairy tale,” Sue remembers. “There are really steep valleys and mountains in the background, cows all over the place, very fresh, fresh air, and you’re about 4,000 feet up in the air … it’s just beautiful.”

This was the culmination of a long journey that began when Sue was in elementary school … Read more

8 Silver Award Projects … with a Twist!

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Every year, hundreds of Girl Scouts in western Washington earn their Silver Award—the highest honor for Cadette Girl Scouts. Many of the projects focus on similar issues—like the environment, animals, and anti-bullying—but we are always excited to see the unique twists that girls think up. With creative ideas and unusual points of view, Girl Scouts continually find interesting ways to tackle problems, create change, and make a difference in their communities!

Check out these eight creative ideas for Girl Scout Silver Award Projects … Read more

Go Gold: Building a Library in Sierra Leone

What does it take to build a library halfway around the world? To find out, Port Gamble Girl Scout Martha took on the challenge.

LOY-151122-MarthaR_02Growing up, Martha Rabura understood that education was important. “My mom’s a teacher,” she explains simply.

But it wasn’t until high school that Martha realized how many young people—especially girls—don’t have access to education.

“I went to see the documentary, Girl Rising, at a local theater. While the documentary only shared the stories of a few girls, their stories symbolized the 66 million girls in the world who have been thrown away, forgotten by their countries and denied the human right of an education,” she pointed out in a recent Legion of Youth interview.

“It’s one thing to claim I understand the importance of education but I walked out of that theater wanting to fight for it. Read more

Congratulations to the Every Girl Scout, Every Story Essay Winners!

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We are excited to announce our three top winners of our recent essay competition, Every Girl Scout Every Story, opened to all Girl Scouts in western Washington.

Our third place winner is Redmond resident Lauren Jernigan who shared her heartwarming story of building Every-Girl-Scout-Every-Story_Winnerlifetime friendships with her troop over the past five years. She wrote about her mother (and troop leader) who recently had some health issues but when their family arrived home, they were welcomed by a package of get well cards from her fellow Girl Scout friends. Girl Scouts has given Lauren many important skills and opportunities, but most of all, she says, “Girl Scouts are best friends!” Read more

Awesome Woman: Jennifer Louden

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This is a love story.

It’s not a traditional story, though.

This is not a story about couples, and it’s not a story about loving a pet, a country or even a donut. It’s a love story about all of us – about celebrating what makes us special, what makes our hearts soar and the ways in which we can honor our own process (even when we’re afraid).

To sort through all the debris that sometimes gets in the way of finding and honoring who we really are, there are some big questions to ask ourselves … Read more

Gold Award Centennial: Celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World!

2015_FeaturedImage_GoldAward2Over the last century, young women have honed their leadership skills to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts.

While this award has gone by many names—starting as the Golden Eaglet of Merit in 1916 and becoming the Gold Award in 1980—it’s always recognized girls who take action to make our world a better place. Gold Award earners do good work in our backyard, throughout our country and on the other side of the planet!

Now it’s time to celebrate the Gold Award Centennial—and we want you to join us!

Throughout the next Girl Scout membership year, we’ll throw parties and offer special activities for everyone to get involved. Here are just a few ways you can join the fun … Read more