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
“I have a voice … I used mine to make an impact.”
– Girl Scout Sophie Knudson
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
Last 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!
It’s back-to-school time again! And for thousands of kids and teens across western Washington, that means it’s back to science class … even if it’s not everyone’s favorite subject.
This is especially true for girls: only 14% of girls say they want to become scientists.
But this year, fourth and fifth graders in the Edmonds School District will be using something new to explore science, technology, engineering and math: special STEM Kits created by Gold Award Girl Scout Jessica Dyck.
“Science has always just clicked for me,” says Jessica. “I’ve always loved puzzles and how things work together, and I wanted to find a way to share my love of science with others. I wanted to help students understand the magic behind science.”
One tenacious Girl Scout came back swinging after vandals destroyed her Gold Award project.
When Girl Scouts go for their Gold Award, they typically put in over 100 hours of work, raise hundreds of dollars, and wrangle dozens of volunteers and community partners.
In short: they do a lot of work.
So when vandals ripped apart Girl Scout Candace Loftus’ Gold Award project—a Snoqualmie Valley Trail rest area with a bench, hitching rail, information sign and watering post—it was a big blow.
By the time the damage was discovered, her bench had been torn out of the ground, carved into and partially burned. The rest spot was empty and bare.
The first thing Candace felt was outraged. “I was angry and upset,” she says. “I felt so disappointed.” But the second thing Candace felt was determination: “I wasn’t going to let the vandals win!”