Archive for Volunteers

A Father’s Day Shout Out to Dad Troop Leaders!

How’s this for a rock star quote?

“I would quit my job and help sell Girl Scout Cookies every day of my life if I could.”

Whoa! Who said that? Do you think it was a girl? Nope. It was a dad!

“I love helping my daughter reach her goals!” says Elliott Gustavson, a troop leader from Lynnwood whose daughter has some mighty impressive goals.

“Her first year she sold 500 boxes, her second year she sold 1100 boxes and this year she sold 1600 boxes,” Elliott chuckles.

elliot troopOne of the things Elliott loves teaching his daughter, Aly – who is in his troop, along with 13 other girls – is how to set important goals. Because Aly is only 8, he knows he’ll have to help her along a bit more in the process, but she’s slowly beginning to understand what it all means.

For example, when she set her goal for this year, he reminded her that if she wanted to sell that many cookies, she’d have to sell every day.

“Next year, she’ll have to figure it out herself and tell ME what she plans to do, instead of me helping her figure it out!” Elliott says.

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Celebrate National Volunteer Week with Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts wouldn’t exist without amazing volunteers.

From troop meetings and camp outs, to cookie sales and all those tricky logistics (banking, anyone?), our volunteers always give it their all to help Girl Scouts achieve great things. So we’re celebrating these awesome individuals during National Volunteer Week—April 12-18, 2015!

We can’t ever say THANK YOU enough, but our staff got together to create this video to express our enthusiasm for our volunteers!

Now, it’s your turn to celebrate National Volunteer Week. We hope you’ll take a minute to say thank you to the Girl Scout volunteers who have made a difference in your life. Read more

Volunteer Profile: Christine Grubbs

Evergreen Day Camp 3Christine Grubbs says she has two troops: one has five high school girls … the other is full of adult volunteers!

Christine’s secret to success as a Service Unit Manager, Troop Leader, Delegate, Council Connection Committee member, Day Camp Director and every other Girl Scout role she’s rocked (those are just the ones she currently holds), is recognizing the strengths of her volunteers and girls and using those to help them grow in ways they never knew they could.

“You would never tell a girl that you don’t like her, that she doesn’t fit in well with the group. Why would you ever do that to a volunteer? Everyone has their strengths. It’s just a matter of finding out what those strengths are and plugging them in.” Read more

Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Week: Five Ways to Say “Thank You!”


Did you know that more than 12,000 volunteers gave an estimated 250,000+ hours to make Girl Scouts happen in western Washington last year?

From troop meetings and camp outs, to cookie sales and all those tricky logistics (banking, anyone?), our volunteers always give it their all. They wear so many hats—and weather so many storms!—to help Girl Scouts achieve great things.

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Donor Profile: Kit Ellis

Kit EllisKit Ellis grew up in Girl Scouts.

Living in both New Jersey and Gig Harbor, she spent many sun-filled summers at Camp St. Albans in the 1950s.

But as Kit grew older, she lost track of Girl Scouts for a while. Although the skills she developed in Girl Scouts help her pursue a career as a chemistry professor at Seattle Community College, she didn’t have any daughters of her own and wasn’t part of a troop. In short: she didn’t have a Girl Scout connection.

All that changed when she attended the 55th Anniversary celebration of Camp St. Albans. 

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Seasoned Girl Scout Still Going Strong After 110 Years!

Grandma_Otis_CamelMost people have spent their lives in normal ways—never having founded a camp, for example, or ridden a camel in Egypt … in their eighties. Even fewer have made it to the age of 110, or are constantly sent thank-you cards for having made a difference in someone’s life.

Given these statistics, you might be shocked to learn that the person described above actually exists, and has even managed to live her entire life without medicine! In fact, she attributes her feistiness and impeccable health to whole milk. That’s Emma Otis!

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