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Share Your Girl Scout Story with the World!


What’s your story?

We know you’ve got one! Everyone has a story, but Girl Scouts, in particular, have especially cool ones.

Why is your story different? Because you’ve done things not every girl has. Every-Girl-Scout,-Every-Story-Blog-Callout_TellUsYoursYou might have gotten over your fear of heights by climbing a rock wall at camp (or even a mountain!). Perhaps you took a trip to Peru or watched turtles bask in the sand on the Galapagos Islands. Or maybe you stayed close to home, and started a recycling program, painted a mural or created an urban garden in a part of town no one noticed, and now you’ve changed things for a lot of people!

Did you do something cool with your cookie money? Discover new talents you never knew you had? Made lasting friendships? Had a troop leader who inspired you?

Tell us your Girl Scout story, and you could win $50 and a chance to get published in a local news outlet! Plus, the top three winners will be featured on the Girl Scouts of Western Washington blog and promoted in our social media!

What do I need to know?Every-Girl-Scout,-Every-Story-Blog-Callout_Deadline
  • Entries must be in your own words, and be between 300-600 words in length.
  • Here are some sample stories from Girl Scouts across the country who have been published in their local media!
  • First prize is $50, second and third prizes are Girl Scout Samoas keychains. All top three entries will be featured on our blog!
  • Submissions are due September 28 at 11:59 p.m. (Please note, letters may be edited for length and clarity.)
  • All entries must include a full name, troop number and city, phone number and email address submitted to Stefanie Ellis at


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