Archive for Girl Stories

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: 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

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

Lessons in Leadership: Girl Scouts See Themselves in Politics

DelBeneLast summer, Redmond Girl Scout Julia Doherty sat down across the table from a role model of female leadership: Washington Representative Suzan DelBene.

It was part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s new video series, called Portraits in Leadership. Across the country, Girl Scouts like Julia met with their local congresswomen to learn about their individual leadership journeys and discover what inspired them to take on leadership roles! Read more

Go Gold: Lending a Hand (and Paw!) to Make the Holidays Warm

Emily Schneider 3Last Thanksgiving, residents at the Cascade Park Vista assisted living facility stood waiting in the lobby, looking toward the front door.

Although it was the holiday, they weren’t spending it with loved ones—some didn’t have any family visitors coming at all.

But they didn’t have to wait long before Girl Scout Emily Schneider—all red hair and smiles—walked through the door with her very special fuzzy friend: Charlie, the therapy dog. 

The dynamic duo was here for a holiday visit!

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Kids Helping Kids: Making a Difference at Seattle Children’s Hospital

“Imagine that you’re a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital and you have to be here for a month and you have to be in your bed. What would you be thinking? What would you be feeling? What would you want to help pass that time?”

Bracelets Bringing Smiles 4That’s what Janel Wohlers, the In-Kind Gift Coordinator at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says to Girl Scouts who are brainstorming ways they can help young hospital patients.

Hundreds of kids come to the hospital each year—and many local Girl Scouts donate their time, energy and enthusiasm to make their stay just a little bit brighter.

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