Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

March 2012

Help Wanted!

by Terry Morse

Spend a relaxing weekend at Camp Mountaindale and support older girls learning outdoor skills!  We are recruiting adults to judge events for Tambu 2012.


Events that we need judges for are: lashing, firebuilding, first aid, orienteering, knot tying, dutch oven cooking, campsite building and cooking taste testers!


Tambu 2012 takes place May 18-20, 2012. You are welcome to come for the entire weekend, but judges are particularly needed for Saturday, May 19. 


Questions? Contact Terry Morse for details and to sign up:

Do You Know a Girl Scout Great?

Girl Scout Greats come from all walks of life: inspirational volunteers, business and political leaders, scientists and inventors, devoted parents, and many others pursuing their dreams. They all have this in common: they're Girl Scouts, just like you.


Do you know a Girl Scout Great? We want to hear their story so we can share it with the world! If you would like to nominate a Girl Scout Great, email Sarah Miller with the individual's name and a short synopsis of their story. They might just be selected for publication in local media!

Long Range Property Plan - Phase I Available for Review

The Properties Committee of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, at the direction of the board of directors, has been working for over a year developing a long range plan for management of our many outdoor program properties. The first phase of this plan is complete. It has been presented to the board of directors and they are in general concurrence with the recommendations the Committee has made. However, they will not give formal approval until we hear from you, the members.


Visit to read the plan and find out how to submit your feedback. The comment period is open until May 15, 2012.

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Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts!

100th_KickoffHundreds of Girl Scouts took over Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday, March 10 to kick off our 100th Anniversary!


Girls went from booth to booth to participate in various activities such as letterboxing, semaphore, facepainting, storytelling and more. At the camping booth, girls raced to put up tents, while at the history booth girls created paperdolls depicting uniforms from the 1920's through today.


Highlights of the day included a humongous Friendship Circle made around Pioneer Courthouse Square followed by the singing of Happy Birthday and the eating of green cupcakes! The concert by Savannah Outen and her band was the icing on the cake! 


Thanks to all the volunteers and staff who worked together to offer this grand day to kick off our Girl Scout birthday, and to Fred Meyer, NW Natural and the Dairy Farmers of Oregon for their generous support. A special thank you goes out to all of the girls who were troopers having a great time rain or shine!


There are many other anniversary events planned for  2012 - many of them by girls and volunteers! To learn more about these events and how you can attend, visit the anniversary calendar at

Eugene area Girl Scout leaders from the legacy Three Rivers Council traveled in style in 1955
Photo submitted by Tere Tronson

Three Rivers Station Wagon

 Proclamation Story


On March 7, 2012, three Portland area Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts OSW CEO Karen Hill testified before the Portland City Council in support of a proclamation honoring  March 12, 2012 as Girl Scout Day in Portland. The proclamation was read at the 100th Anniversary Kickoff event on March 10 by local Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and Commissioner Amanada Fritz.


To see video of the testimony and the reading of the proclamation, visit the Girl Scouts OSW YouTube page.


The State of Oregon, the State of Washington and the City of Eugene have also issued proclamations honoring this incredible milestone for the Girl Scout organization. Do you know about a local proclamation honoring Girl Scouts? Tell us!

Studies Show Girls Interested in Science; Girl Scouting Works

Two reports recently released by the Girl Scout Research Institute shine light on the world of STEM for girls, as well as the impact Girl Scouting has on women.


alumGirl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study is an in-depth exploration of the effects of Girl Scouting on alumnae of multiple generations. It aims to answer questions such as, "How do Girl Scout alumnae compare to non-Girl Scouts with respect to key indicators of success?" and "What are the perceptions of Girl Scout alumnae of the impact and benefits of their Girl Scout experience?"


Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math focusses on the disparity between girls' high achievement in academics and the underrepresentation of women in STEM careers. The study aims to understand how girls perceive STEM and STEM careers, identify factors encourage or discourage girl interest and engagement, and determine how Girl Scouts (and families, communities) can offer effective solutions.


Would you like to help break down STEM barriers for girls? Sign the ToGetHerThere pledge at

Mark Your Calendar for the Annual Meeting: April 21, 2012 10:00 a.m. at Portland State University!

GSOSW's Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The primary meeting site will be located at Portland State University in Portland. Satellite sites are tentatively scheduled for Bend, Hermiston, Eugene, Klamath Falls and Medford - please note these locations are subject to change.


The meeting will include learning opportunities for girl and adult members in the morning between 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., followed by the annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. You don't have to be a delegate to attend!


Mark your calendars! Plan to join other Girl Scout members for a celebration at the annual meeting.

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout!
Contact KC Carnes, Alumnae Coordinator, if you are interested in community service projects, events to support local Girl Scouts, networking events and other Girl Scout fun!
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character,
who make the world a better place.