Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Volunteer News
April 2012 

Girl Scout Leader's Day: April 22, 2011

April is National Volunteer Month and April 22 is Girl Scout Leader's Day.
Thank you for all you do to support leaders and girls!
Take a moment to celebrate the great work you do and the impact you have of the lives of girls. You are appreciated!

Upcoming 100th Anniversary Events

Girl Scouts give back!
May 1 - Registration deadline for the NW Centennial Roundup

Special Events Just for Adults!

Women's Own

August 24-27, 2012

Camp Cleawox - Florence 


Hooky Weekend
September 21-23, 2012
Camp Cleawox - Florence
More info coming soon!



October 19-21, 2012
Mountaindale Outdoor Program Center - North Plains

Long Range Property Plan - Reminder

The Long Range Property Plan - Phase I Evaluation and Recommendations is now available for review, and we need your feedback! The comment period is open now through May 15, 2012. Learn more

2012 Troop Financial Reports

June 30, 2012 is fast approaching, which means financial reports will soon be due. This is your friendly reminder that you can find the necessary Troop Financial Report (form 102, available in printable or fillable versions) on our Forms & Publications Web page. Your 2011 end-of-year balance is also available from your service unit treasurer if you need it. Please remember to include a current copy of your bank statement. Contact your service unit treasurer with questions.

Theda Family Volunteer Learning Opportunity Grant

We are still accepting applications for the Theda Family Learning Grant. Applications can be found on the Forms & Publications Web page and are due by May 1, 2012.

Girl Scout Greats

Girl Scouts USA is looking for "Girl Scout Greats," individuals that show the true meaning and impact that Girl Scouting can have. Do you know a Girl Scout Great? Share their story with us! They may be featured in an ad campaign launched by GSUSA to showcase the amazing stories of Girl Scouts just like you.


To nominate a Girl Scout Great, email Sarah Miller with the individual's name and a short synopsis of their story.

100th Anniversary Pendleton Wool Commemorative Blanket

Girl Scouts OSW is proud to present the 100th Anniversary Commemorative Blanket created through a partnership with Pendleton Woolen Mills. Order yours today, or make it a great gift for the Girl Scout in your life.

Pendleton Blanket


This Pendleton Woolen Mills commemorative blanket is a great reminder that you were part of the Girl Scouts centennial celebration! Purchase your collectible blanket today for $200.00 or reserve your blanket with a $100.00 deposit.

A minimum of 100 blankets must be pre-purchased before the order for production will be placed. If the minimum pre-purchased number of 100 is not reached all deposits and payments will be refunded 100%.

Purchase your blanket today  

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Because you said, "Yes"...

  • a young girl will feel the pride of being someone special as she carefully puts on her uniform for the very first time
  • a girl can move to a new town and have "instant friendships" with girls she might never have met
  • parents will experience that special pride when they listen to their daughter say the Girl Scout Promise for the first time
  • bright eyes will become a little brighter with excitement as the kindling finally catches on the first campfire
  • nervous giggles will emit from tents as girls try to fall asleep their first night of camp
  • the community, and the world will be richer because a girl has learned the importance of caring for her environment, and the warm feeling that comes from giving service to someone less fortunate than herself
  • a parent will find a gold trefoil carefully tucked away in a drawer as their daughter packs to leave home for her first adventures as a young adult
  • a young woman will contact Girl Scouts one day and say "I had so much fun when I was a Girl Scout, I'd like to try being a leader"

and the circle will continue...because you said, "Yes."

Northwest Centennial Roundup:
A Once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity

The Northwest Centennial Roundup is one of the main events being held by our council this year to celebrate our 100th anniversary! Please help get the message about this opportunity out to girls who are currently in grad 5 and up.


This seven day overnight camping experience will be held August 6-12, near Sweet Home, Oregon. hundred of girls will gather for exciting activities such as rock climbing, fused glass art, whitewater rafting, building greenhouses for Habitat for Humanity, kayaking, sailing, fly fishing, swimming, sports, campfires, gold mining, concerts, jewelry making, and so much more!


There is still time to get a patrol together to attend. Patrols should have 8-10 girls and 2 adults, but even if you just have one girl or adult interested, let the planning committee know and we'll help you connect with others to form a patrol. Members of the committee would be delighted to come to a troop meeting and talk about the Roundup with your girls, and/or answer any questions you might have. Please note, the registration deadline has been extended to May 1, 2012!

The Roundup is completely volunteer-run and we are working very hard to keep costs low. The registration fee is $175 and patrols need to provide their own meals for the week. The fee includes almost all activities, though a few optional activities (such as rafting, horseback riding, and sailing) will have an additional fee.


Please encourage girls to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! More information about Roundup is available at If you have more questions please email

Spring Re-registration Has Begun!

Spring re-registration will run from April 1 - June 29, 2012.

What is spring re-registration?
Spring re-registration is a time where troops and parents can renew girl or adult registrations for the next membership year (2012-2013).

Why should I participate in spring re-registration?
Not only does spring re-registration get you all set for fall, there are exciting spring re-registration incentives*!

If you register by May 15*, your troop can get:

  • a FREE Journey book and facilitator's guide set
  • a 15% off coupon for the Girl Scout store

Each registered girl will get her own 15% off Girl Scout store coupon! See GSOSW website for complete details and restrictions.

*After May 15, second tier incentives will be offered until June 29.


How do I register my troop or girl?
Visit Girl Scouts OSW's Personify site.


What information will I need to re-register my troop?
You will need the following information on each individual:

  • Current contact information (address, city, zip, phone, email)
  • Number of years as a girl member (required for girls)
  • Number of years as an adult member (required for adults)
  • School grade for the upcoming year (required for girls)
  • School name for the upcoming year (required for girls)
  • Race/ethnic information
  • Pathway of entry - for most members, this will be "troop"
  • Custodial status & current contact information for custodial adults (required for girls)

I'm not sure how to register online. What do I do?
Attend one of our short instructional webinars to learn how! Get webinar details

We also have a handy Personify User Manual available online.


Having trouble logging into Personify?
Contact the help desk at or contact Karen Kelly at (800) 433-9288.

1912 Society Update

We currently have 92 members and counting! Founding members of the 1912 Soceity will be permanently recognized on the Wall of Honor at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, acknowledged in a similar wall hanging in each Girl Scout service center throughout the council, listed in the 2012 Annual Report and included on our website. 1912 Society members will also receive a numbered certificate of membership to commemorate their investment in the future of Girl Scouting. Thank you for helping to spread the word about this special opportunity!

Girl Scouts USA Material Review

Girl Scouts of the USA has been in the business of developing and distributing program material for girls for 99 of its 100 years. As soon as material goes to print, the process of gathering input for reprint begins. Ongoing input from members helps Girl Scouts USA build the list of
changes that will be incorporated when a book goes to reprint. Advances in technology have made it possible to develop and post replacement pages that can be used until books enter their reprint cycle.

Changes in journey materials began over three years ago but were not announced in a public way. With concerns surfacing in a variety of arenas, Girl Scouts made a pro-active decision to review all 42 program resource books (36 journey books and 6 badge books totaling 4,958 pages) that have been developed over the last four years.


A comprehensive list of all of the changes that have been made, as well as a Statement of Trust, can be found on the Program Resources page at

Girl Scouts of the USA understands that not every example or suggestion provided will work for every girl, family, volunteer or community. In partnership with those who assist you with your Girl Scout group, including parents, faith groups, schools and community organizations, we trust you to choose "real life topic experts" from your community, as well as movies, books, music, websites and other opportunities that are most appropriate for the girls in your area and will enrich their Girl Scout activities.

Important Insurance Information

With spring activities and camp season just around the corner, we are receiving an increase in requests for Additional Insurance. Below are some important ways that volunteers and service teams can help ensure the request process runs smoothly for everyone:

  • Provide at least three weeks advance notice for an Additional Insurance request.
  • Date changes must be made at least three weeks in advance of the orginal event date requested.
  • Making requests and payment over the phone is prefered - this will allow us to serve you more quickly.
  • Service teams - please share this information at your volunteer meetings. Remind volunteers of the three week advance request and refer them to Council Volunteer Policies and Procedures for further information.

Questions? Contact Randa Smith at (503) 977-6800. Thank you for your partnership to make this process effective!

"Be Prepared" for the Next Membership Year!

Volunteers for bridging troops should "be prepared" and look ahead toward completing grade level training this spring. You will be thankful when fall approaches and you are ready to start new grade level projects and activities with your girls. Grade level trainings for the remainder of this spring are posted on Personify! Click here to check them out!

Bridging Ceremony Ideas

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved. Most of all, it should be designed by the girls in true partnership with adults. Looking for Bridging Ceremony ideas? Conside asking seasoned volunteers to share their successful bridging ceremony ideas at a volunteer meeting, or check-in with your online Girl Scout communities for ideas.


Reminder for new volunteers - there are requirements for each grade level for earning the bridging patch - check The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for requirement details. Remember to have fun, be creative and share the Girl Scout tradition!

Help GSOSW Win a $2,500 Grant!

We have learned about an amazing opportunity from Umpqua Bank in celebration of National Volunteer Week. Our council has a chance to win a $2,500 grant, and your Facebook posts can help us get there!

  1. Visit between April 16-21.
  2. Post a comment mentioning that you volunteer for Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington and why.
  3. Encourage fellow Girl Scout volunteers to do the same.

Umpqua Bank will select 10 posts at random and make a $2,500 grant to the organization mentioned in the post. We hope that GSOSW is one of them! Even if we aren't selected, this is a wonderful opportunity to show the great work you do in the lives of girls in your community, and that's something to celebrate!

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character,
who make the world a better place.