Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
April 2012
100th Anniversary Activities
Most articles in this newsletter include a bonus 100th Anniversary activity suggestion to help you celebrate. See a full list of suggestions at!
Important Reminder
All event registrations close when capacity is reached or two weeks prior to the event, whichever comes first, unless otherwise stated. No late registrations will be accepted at any time. This is to provide staff and program partners enough time to prepare for the event.
Cookie Credits

Cookie Credits will be in hands shortly - now is a great time to start planning how to use them. A girl can do many things with her Cookie Credits besides go shopping in one of our council stores. Cookie Credits may be used to pay for day camp, service unit events or council events.  Thinking BIGGER, how about putting your credits toward one of our resident camps or council sponsored trips?  Is your troop thinking about taking a trip? Cookie Credits may be used towards that trip - contact your council product staff liaison for information.


The 750 Water Park trip is scheduled for the weekend of June 9 at Evergreen Aviation Museum and Water Park.  Girls choosing that item will be receiving information in early May.


Girls choosing the Troop Beverly Hills Package will be receiving a certificate from us that will include a list of hotels they may choose from for their gift card.


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #84

Make and trade 100 SWAPS 

Program Aide Training

Any Girl Scout Cadette, Senior or Ambassador can take Program Aide training to learn to work with a troop or camp unit of younger girls under the supervision of an adult volunteer or staff member.


Girls can prepare for volunteering at day camp, helping with service unit and council events as well as supporting a younger troop. This leadership workshop will train girls in the responsibility of leadership, Girl Scout basics, growth and development, dealing with groups of girls and more.


Trainings will be held in multiple locations across the council this spring - for dates, locations or to register, see the listing on our website


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #4

Tell 100 people about our 100th anniversary.

Upcoming Events

Here are some exciting events happening in May! Details and additional events are available in the Program Guide and also listed in Personify. Sign up today! 


Portland Metro

Dream Photography

May 28,2012

(Reg. closes May 14)


North Valley

CSI Overnight at A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village


May 18-19, 2012

(Reg. closes May 4)


South Valley

Pet Fun

May 5, 2012

(Reg. closes April 20)



ScienceWorks Sleepover

May 19-20, 2012

(Reg. closes May 5) 

Event Evaluation Survey Winner

Help Girl Scouts OSW succeed in offering a variety of meaningful and exciting events in your area! After attending a council-sponsored event you will receive an email with a link to an Event Evaluation survey. Complete the survey and be entered for a chance to win a journey book of your choice from the GSOSW store! One person will be chosen each month. This month's winner is Trina F. from Girl Scout Troop 32128!


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #5

Participate in a local parade. Check out the Grand Floral Parade article for an upcoming opportunity!

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Northwest Centennial Roundup

Registration Deadline Extended!

Roundups are a time-honored Girl Scout tradition, a time for older girls to celebrate everything wonderful about being a Girl Scout! Girls, often from all over the world, gather to meet new friends, experience outdoor activities, evening entertainment, and practice all of the skills and traditions that make Girl Scouting great!


This year, in honor of 100 years of Girl Scouting, GSOSW is hosting the Northwest Centennial Roundup in Sweet Home, Oregon. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we want you to be a part of it! Daily activities will include rock climbing, swimming, sports, jewelry making, canoeing, gold mining, building houses with Habitat for Humanity, a trip to GSOSW's 100th Anniversary celebration in Albany and much more!


The cost for this seven day adventure is estimated at $175 per girl. Visit for additional details and registration information. The registration deadline has been extended, but it is only open until May 1, so sign up today! Contact with questions.


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #65

Make a time capsule, bury it (with property owner's permission) and let us know so we can make sure in 100 years we are able to make it part of the bi-centennial celebration.

2012 Outdoor Summer Adventures

It's time to start planning summer outdoor adventures and you will find them happening all throughout our council! Here are just a few ideas to choose from and remember that girls can use hard earned cookie credits to pay for these programs and more! To register and learn more go to


Camping by the Sea

Spend some fantastic time with your troop camping at one of the most beautiful campgrounds on the Oregon Coast in Coos Bay. All program levels are invited to experience clamming and tide pooling or just have fun playing on the beach. Cost includes campsite, activities and a fun beach themed patch. Campsites are limited so register early to ensure your place. Registration closes July 4, 2012.

  • July 18-20, 2012
  • $15 per girl/adult
  • All program levels


Girls in the Woods

Get ready to have one of your greatest outdoor experiences ever at Fish Lake in the Willamette National Forest. There are two options available. Both groups will enjoy five days of camping, hiking, GPS, wildlife surveys and tracking all led by the Forest Service. On the second day, eight girls will head out for a two night wilderness experience, with outdoor activities continuing for both groups. Register today as only eight girls are selected for the wilderness experience and it fills fast. Registration closes July 16, 2012.

  • July 30 - August 3, 2012
  • $100 per girl
  • Girl Scout Juniors entering grade 5-8

Raft the Rogue

Spend the whole day on the beautiful Rogue River and experience the thrill of white water rafting! This guided trip is excellent for rafters with any level of experience, as it starts mellow, with exciting rapids progressing for seven miles. In between rapids, you see a variety of wildlife and waterfowl. This is an adventure you don't want to miss! Plan to make it a trip with your troop and see all the sights and beauty of southern Oregon! Registration closes August 8, 2012.

  • August 22, 2012
  • $105 per person
  • Girl Scout Cadettes - Ambassadors
Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #85
Do something traditional - start a campfire ash collection, make a sit-upon or tie a knot.
We Want to Know What YOU Think!

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington invites you to share your thoughts and feelings about your experiences in Girl Scout sponsored programs. To give girls the best programs possible, Girl Scouts OSW is interested in understanding whether you and your girls are enjoying Girl Scout activities, understanding new materials, and ultimately, if the programs are truly benefiting you. Plus you may earn special prizes for completing some surveys!

Our first survey will be coming out May 1. This will be your opportunity to tell us what you liked and didn't like about the last year of Girl Scouting and what events, camps, and resources you want to see in the next year! In addition we will be holding drawings for prizes including an Amazon Kindle Fire!

We'd like for you to help us in our research efforts by occasionally completing surveys about your experiences. We value your honest feedback, and would like you to share your voice with other girls nationwide. After reading the statements below, please click on the survey link so you can register to participate.

  1. Your survey answers will be for research purposes only. Your surveys will not have your name on them, and your individual answers will not be shared with your friends.
  2. Your decision to participate in this research is completely voluntary.You do not have to participate if you do not wish to do so.
  3. Your decision to participate or not will not affect your standing in your Girl Scout sponsored program, and you will still be able to participate fully in all program activities.
  4. If you decide to participate, you may choose not to answer any questions you do not want to answer, and may stop participation at any point.
  5. Participation in the surveys is only for the purpose of the Girl Scouts OSW and Girl Scouts of the USA to better understand program effectiveness. You will not be marketed to, solicited or exposed to any form of advertisement as a result of participating in the Girl Scout Voices Surveys.

To get started, simply click the link below or copy and paste the link into your web browser to register.

We sincerely hope that you will be a part of this effort. Thank you in advance for supporting this work!

Walk in the Grand Floral Parade and Be on TV!

Girls will get to walk with the Wells Fargo stage coach during the Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 9, 2012.
Girls will be representing Girl Scouts during this televised event so requirements for participation include:

  • Girls and adults must wear white shirts and khaki bottoms. Girls must also wear their Girl Scout vest/sash and membership pins on their insignia tab.
  • Girls and adults must be able to walk the entire route (4.1 miles). It is recommended - not a requirement - that girls are 14 years or older since it is a long walk. 

Space is limited for this event. If we get more girls and adults than allowed, we will hold a selection process to determine the final participants. Registration closes May 15, 2012 and confirmation letters for participants will be sent the following week. Register now

Event Updates

Date change: The Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton Oregon has been moved to April 14, as to not coincide with the Annual Meeting. The event still opens at 10:00 a.m., and if troops are interested there is an additional story telling activity at 11:00 a.m. Separate registration is required for both.


When you're dealing with 10,000 years of living history, every day is a major event. Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and hospitality of the people who have lived on this land. Experience the storied past, rich present and bright future of the tribes through interactive exhibits, special events and a living culture village. Learn about the traditions of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes.  This event is open to all Girl Scouts.


Price update: Into the Wild in Selma Oregon on May 4-5 will have a cost of $40 per girl and $12.50 per adult.


Learn to walk confidently in the wilderness with the knowledge that all you need to survive and thrive is within your reach! Spend the night in SFI's giant yurts, enjoy fun campfire activities, and participate in hands-on experiences that will teach you the basics of wilderness survival. Sign up online or at your local service center.


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #71

Capture your own personal 100th anniversary moments - photos, tickets and programs to events, badges, gifts, newspaper cuttings, and mementos. Make a scrapbook.

Shaver Scholarship Awarded!

Congratulations to Cassandra Hansen who received the 2012 Luella & George Shaver Family Scholarship. The Luella and George Shaver Family Scholarship is given to an outstanding Girl Scout who best demonstrates the same qualities that Luella Shaver, a longtime, dedicated volunteer showed in her life as a Girl Scout. The scholarship began in 1982 and is awarded each year to an exceptional graduating Girl Scout Ambassador who earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. It is awarded for educational pursuits, such as college, vocational training and/or apprenticeship programs at an accredited school. The scholarship recipient is determined by a special committee and panel of judges, including Luella's daughters Mary and Zizi Shaver.


About Luella Shaver 
Luella Shaver started with one Girl Scout troop but soon was leading three troops! Her deep dedication to Girl Scouting was apparent in the remembrance shared by her daughter, Mary, that quitting piano lessons could be tolerated but quitting Girl Scouts - never! Luella also served in several leadership roles and was well known and loved as she exemplified true Girl Scout values and vision. The family has established an endowment to ensure that the Luella and George Shaver Family Scholarship Fund will be available forever.


About Cassandra Hansen
Cassie Hansen is a Girl Scout of 13 years (K-12th grade) who earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2011 working with two other Girl Scouts to create a Sensory Garden at a Kiwanis Camp for disabled children and adults on Mt. Hood. Cassie led a crew that selected, planted and labeled the vegetation for the garden, ensuring that there would be a diverse selection of plants safe to experience via touch, sight and smell.


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #54
Plan an expedition on foot that will take you somewhere you have not been before. You could connect this to raising money for a charity or improving your own fitness.
Sudden Service

For sudden calls for Girl Scout assistance, Girl Scouts OSW has a team that truly knows the meaning of "Be Prepared!"


Are you or your troop interested in doing service for special television, radio and newspaper coverage? Can your troop do flag ceremonies, or does your troop have a special interest? Can you be available on short notice?

If the answer is yes, this is your opportunity to sign up to be a sudden service troop or individual! What the service is all depends on who contacts Girl Scouts OSW in need of assistance. Generally all girls must have a sash or vest. Some activities may require a full uniform (i.e. white shirt and khaki pants). Participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis. Check out the sudden service flier for more details.


So far girls have represented Girl Scouts at Blazers games, attended a meet and greet with a Radio Disney star and participated in flag ceremonies! The opportunities are endless, so sign up today!


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #24

Make 100 special treats for a soup kitchen.

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