This year, we honored 37 amazing Girl Scouts from western Washington at our Gold Award Gala on June 25—along with 11 Gold Award earners from sister councils throughout the rest of Washington and northern Idaho — and celebrated the work of 213 girls who earned their Silver Award. Together, these young women dedicated thousands of hours to create change in their communities.
Governor Jay Inslee created a proclamation declaring June 25 Girl Scout Gold Award Day across the state of Washington, and during the gala, Patty Murray—Washington’s senior U.S. Senator—shared a message with our Highest Award earners. As Washington’s first female Senator and a Girl Scout alumna, Senator Murray explained how Girl Scouts gave her the courage to take a stand to change things in her community and, now, our country!
Last July, Girl Scout alumna Sue Hislop woke up to this view:
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
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
What does it take to build a library halfway around the world? To find out, Port Gamble Girl Scout Martha took on the challenge.
Growing 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
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 lifetime 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
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. You 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? Read more