Archive for Girl Stories

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

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

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

Go Gold: Who is Julia Doherty?

Julia DohertyWho’s Julia Doherty? Here are a few hints:

  • She made it possible for 120 teens to become certified in CPR and First Aid each year.
  • She interviewed Congresswoman Suzan Delbene.
  • She is captain of the Redmond High School swim team.
  • She just received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
  • She earned a full tuition scholarship to the University of Southern California.

And this one (which will probably give it away): She participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute at the 2014 Girl Scout National Convention in Salt Lake City.

The answer is clear: Julia Doherty is a Girl Scout! Read more

Making Sure ALL Girls Can Have Life-Changing Experiences

AnnualReport2015.fixedAt Girl Scouts of Western Washington, we want EVERY girl to have the chance to be a part of all the life-changing experiences that Girl Scouts has to offer.

But for some families, the cost of membership fees, troop dues and uniforms is more than they can pay. Others aren’t able to provide transportation to get their girls to troop meetings. For many girls, going to overnight camp is just a dream that their family could never afford.

Through our staff-led and financial assistance programs, we make sure that a family’s income never prevents a girl from fully participating in the many exciting activities and experiences that Girl Scouts makes possible. Read more

Go Gold: Saving Lives with Nothing but Net

“I have a voice … I used mine to make an impact.”
– Girl Scout Sophie Knudson

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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