Andie Mitchell saw a need in her community and took action to improve it, but that’s just a small part of this Girl Scout’s journey.
Andie, a Bainbridge Island native, knew she wanted to complete her Gold Award—the highest award a Girl Scout can receive—but was unsure what her community needed. It was a meeting with the parks department that introduced her to rain gardens.
“When I started, I didn’t even know what a rain garden was, but now I’m a huge supporter of them,” Andie says.
She teamed up with the parks department and a local rain garden expert to convert a swampy, marshy area near the beach into a native plant oasis that would absorb water and filter pollutants from the road above. 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
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
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
Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. The Girl Scout Birthday on March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. This year, 2015, represents our 103rd birthday! Read more
Who’s Julia Doherty? Here are a few hints:
- She made it possible for 120 teens to become certified in CPR and First Aid each year.
- She interviewed Congresswoman Suzan Delbene.
- She is captain of the Redmond High School swim team.
- She just received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
- She earned a full tuition scholarship to the University of Southern California.
And this one (which will probably give it away): She participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute at the 2014 Girl Scout National Convention in Salt Lake City.
The answer is clear: Julia Doherty is a Girl Scout! Read more