Archive for Environment

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

Adventure Out with Girl Scouts!

The YAYA Hiker Girl Scouts have explored western Washington for over a decade. This year, they’re tackling their biggest challenge yet …

2014 YAYA HIKERS (36)“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

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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Go Gold: Actions and Oceans

Girl Scout Katherine Ball talks about trash, her pioneering ocean research, and what it’s like to go for the Gold Award.

Courtesy of Dan Bates/The Everett Herald.

Did you know over six million tons of debris enters the world’s oceans every year, weighing about the same as a million elephants? Whether you call it garbage, trash, or just plain litter, marine debris is a big problem.

And one local Girl Scout is spreading the word—both about the issues and what we can do to help.

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Awesome Woman: Genny Arredondo

Beach wetsuits

Did you know sea cucumbers can take their guts and spit them outside their bodies as a form of protection? Or that starfish (also known as sea stars) actually push their stomachs through a tiny hole, outside their bodies, in order to eat, and then pull them back in when they’re done? Talk about going OUT to eat! Read more

Want to make your own paper, just like these girls?

troop44126 handmade paper process

We know we’ve been talking about Forever Green for a while now (hint, hint, have you taken the pledge yet?) but we just heard a very cool story about how Troop 44126 just made their own paper! The project let each girl both design and create her very own hand-made paper. Read more