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Recycle Your Holiday Lights at Our Girl Scout Offices!

We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium once again on their holiday lights recycling program!

Thanks to a longstanding partnership between the zoo and Girl Scouts of Western Washington, when visitors come to the zoo between now and mid-January, they can bring in their old light strings for recycling and leave them at the main entrance.

There also are several places around Puget Sound where lights may be dropped off until mid-January, including all five Girl Scouts of Western Washington regional offices!

“The holiday lights recycling program truly highlights the Girl Scout motto of using our resources wisely and making the world a better place,” says Girl Scouts of Western Washington CEO Megan Ferland. “Recycling lights and keeping them out of landfills while supporting animal conservation is truly remarkable, and we’re happy to do whatever we can to support those efforts.”

A Local Girl Scout’s Bright Idea!

lightsThe recycling program began eight years ago as the brainchild of  Girl Scout Jessica Lam. And in 2009, Girl Scouts of Western Washington jumped on board to join her in her conservation efforts! Each year, the proceeds from the recycled lights go to support a different animal conservation effort. This year it’s walrus conservation!

Check out a story about Jessica’s bright idea, and how it started a wonderful recycling program still going strong today.

When Girl Scouts have ideas and find ways to make them become reality, everyone benefits!

Recycling Drop Spots

To recycle lights, remove all twist ties and rubber bands and put the lights directly in the bins with no boxes, bags or other extraneous material.

Drop off your holiday lights between now and mid-January at the following locations:

Metro Parks Tacoma locations

  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (during open hours)- 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville
  • Metro Parks Tacoma headquarters – 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma
  • Tacoma Nature Center – 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma
  • STAR Center – 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma
  • Center at Norpoint – 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E., Tacoma
  • Portland Avenue Community Center – 3513 Portland Ave., Tacoma
  • Peoples Community Center – 1602 S. MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma

Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3
Call ahead to check office hours: 1-800-541-9852

  • Seattle Administrative Office – 601 Valley Street, Seattle
  • King County Regional Office – 13029 NE 20th St. Bellevue
  • North Region Office – 3224 Wetmore Ave., Everett
  • Peninsula Girl Scout Program Center – 1600 NE Winters Road, Bremerton
  • DuPont Girl Scout Center – 1000 Davis Place, DuPont

Go Gold: 37 Girl Scouts Who Changed Our Community This Year

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!

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8 Silver Award Projects … with a Twist!

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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

Go Gold: Building a Library in Sierra Leone

What does it take to build a library halfway around the world? To find out, Port Gamble Girl Scout Martha took on the challenge.

LOY-151122-MarthaR_02Growing 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

Gold Award Centennial: Celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World!

2015_FeaturedImage_GoldAward2Over the last century, young women have honed their leadership skills to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts.

While this award has gone by many names—starting as the Golden Eaglet of Merit in 1916 and becoming the Gold Award in 1980—it’s always recognized girls who take action to make our world a better place. Gold Award earners do good work in our backyard, throughout our country and on the other side of the planet!

Now it’s time to celebrate the Gold Award Centennial—and we want you to join us!

Throughout the next Girl Scout membership year, we’ll throw parties and offer special activities for everyone to get involved. Here are just a few ways you can join the fun … 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