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
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
Meet the Terrific Tech Bots from Edmonds, who can now add robot programmer to their resume!
The 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
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.
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