Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

April 2012

Did You Know?


The Golden Eaglet was the highest  award from 1918-1939. Julliette Gordon Low created the award. To receive it, a girl must have been a First Class Girl Scout (a rank awareded after completing skill requirements); held a Letter of Commendation  (a character recognition given to Girl Scouts who interpret the Girl Scout Law in their everyday living); been a registered member for at least 3 years; and held 21 merit badges. Applications for the award were presented to the National Standards Committee, which evaluated the Girl Scout on her service and character. The Golden Eaglet is the great grandmother to today's Gold Award!

Now you know!

Limited Edition Centennial Blanket!

Girl Scouts OSW has partnered with

Pendleton Woolen Mills to offer a limited edition commemorative blanket in honor of Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary. Learn more or pre-order your blanket today

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A Long-Awaited Honor

Karen Hill Pinning Barbara Bean - Golden Eaglet

Barbara Haasis Bean is 91 years old - just nine years younger than the Girl Scout organization! More than seven decades after climbing through the ranks of Girl Scouts to earn the highest distinction possible, Bean - an Ashland resident - was recognized in a ceremony on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the GSOSW Medford  Service Center.


A recipient of the Golden Eaglet, an award that was discontinued in the late 1930's, Bean put in long hours to earn badges and meet requirements to obtain the cherished golden pin.  Unfortunately, since Barbara left to attend college, she missed the ceremony where she would have been honored as she received her Golden Eaglet pin. Though she received the pin in the mail she said, "I never did get the ceremony."


Barbara's daughter, Jennifer Bean contacted GSUSA who referred her to the local alumnae specialist, KC Carnes. Jennifer asked if during this special anniversary year, Girl Scouts OSW would consider recreating the ceremony for her mother. In coordination with Meford Service Center Office Manager Karen Kelly, the volunteers, staff and girls were more than willing to pitch in to plan the celebration.


A volunteer historian researched the 1930 Girl Scout handbook and found the original ceremony which was recreated for Bean. Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington CEO, Karen Hill, officiated the ceremony.  The program included a presentation of the Colors, a Girl Scout sing-along and a fashion show with girls modeling historical uniforms all the way up to present day. A lovely tea with wonderful refreshments were enjoyed while watching the 1918 film "The Golden Eaglet."


The 1930 ceremony required Barbara Bean to be escorted to the front (her daugher Jennifer was her escort) where she stood with Karen Hill. Local Girl Scouts led her in and stood up with her to represent Barbara's Girl Scout troop. The audience represented her local Girl Scout council. As Karen read through the lines of the original ceremony, Barbara stood proudly. At the completion of the ceremony, Karen pinned Barbara's original Golden Eaglet pin on her lapel (pictured above). At the completion of the ceremony, the audience rose to their feet and gave applause, many with tears in their eyes.


Barbara and Jennifer Bean said that the willingness by the local Girl Scout council to reach out to a fellow alumna is symbolic of how Girl Scouting changes the lives of girls and young women.


Staff member Karen Kelly summed it up nicely in a recent quote to the Medford Mail Tribune, "We value the Girl Scout traditions and ceremonies, and for us to honor Barbara and to make a dream come true for her at this stage of her life is such a nice thing for us to do."

Women's Own at Resident Camp

Did you love camp as a girl? Do stories of childhood include your experience at summer camp? Never got to go to camp as kid, but want to open that door for a girl today?


Join us August 24-17, 2012 for Women's Own! Spend the weekend playing and being pampered on the dunes, all while supporting camperships for girls in need! Activities will include:

  • Canoeing
  • Yoga
  • Massage
  • Campfire and S'mores
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dune Buggys (additional cost)
  • Workshops galore or just kick back and enjoy the woods

All meals will be provided. This won't be the camp food of your childhood - camp food has grown up for this weekend! True cost of this event is $385, but like our other resident camp adventures it is subject to tiered pricing for those who may not be able to afford the full price. To learn more about tiered pricing, view our 2012 Resident Camp Brochure.


Register for Women's Own online today! Search "Women's Own" from the Personify homepage.

1962 Senior Roundup Reunion!

Were you at the Roundup in 1962? Then you're wanted for the reunion in 2012! A Roundup Reunion will be held in Button Bay, Vermont at the Basin Harbor Club September 23-28, 2012. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Roundup and the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts!


Roundup "girls" from all four Roundups are invited:


1956 - Michigan        1959 - Colorado

1962 - Vermont         1965 - Idaho


For more information and registration go to:


Please note: This event is unaffialited with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

How have you celebrated Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Year?

Have you attended a council-sponsored or local service unit event? Have you attended an event at another Girl Scout council? Do you plan to celebrate later this year? We'd love to hear about how you are enjoying and commemorating this special Girl Scout occasion. Submit your story by filling out our Share Your Story form online. Thank you for sharing!

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.