Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

April 2012

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The Case for Camp - Why Kids Need It Now More Than Ever

Property Plan Comment Period Ends May 15

Visit to read the plan and find out how to submit your feedback. Comment period is open through

May 15, 2012.

Searching for that Special Gift for Mother's Day?

Make this Mother's Day extra special by honoring a loved one with a membership to the 1912 Society. This is a unique opportunity to honor or memorialize someone special in your life that loved Girl Scouting. All funds will go towards ensuring the sustainability of our Girl Scout program and will help lay the foundation for the next 100 years.


It's easy to join the 1912 Society. To sign up online, visit You can also contact Nicky Aiello at (800) 338-5248 x6833. Payment by check, credit card, cash, or pledge (i.e. $25 per month for 4 consecutive months) is accepted.

Juliette Gordon Low to be Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

"[Juliette Gordon Low] made an indelible and enduring contribution to the lives of girls and to our nation. It is so fitting that on our 100th anniversary, she should be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. Learn more about this honor on the Girl Scout Blog.

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Top 10 Reasons to Register for Roundup by May 1, 2012

Registration for GSOSW's NW Centennial Roundup closes in just three days! This is an opportunity girls shouldn't miss. Here's why:


10. She'll be a part of history. Girl Scout Roundups or similar events have been a part of Girl Scout tradition since the 1930s. To honor this history, the NW Centennial Roundup is one of GSOSW's premier centennial events.


9. She can choose from 80 different activities. Activities have been specially designed for older Girl Scouts. Whether a pedicure, duct tape craft, kayak adventure, or service project - there is something for every girl.


8. She'll learn...her way! This isn't an average classroom - girls will get hands-on lessons in pioneer history, marimba, self-defense, juggling, Ham radio, personal finance and more. She'll walk away with new skills to share when she heads back to school.


7. She'll be entertained! Each evening will feature entertainment. From a concert by She's Not Dead to comedy shows, girls will be rocking or rolling in the aisles!


6. She'll be a part of a global community. She'll meet girls from every corner of the council and from around the globe.


5. She'll build lifelong bonds. Whether you're a troop patrol or an individual girl joining a patrol of new friends, you'll come away with a strong bond with your Girl Scout sisters.


4. She'll party like a Girl Scout. We're 100 years old, and that's a big deal. We'll end the week by travelling to the Birthday Celebration in Albany, joining thousands of other Girl Scouts and community members for a celebration festival and concert.


3. She'll get outside. In this digital world, girls need time to enjoy the beauty of nature and soak up some vitamin D (while wearing sunscreen, of course)! Summer is the best time to be outside...and for many girls this may be their last chance to enjoy the outdoors before school starts again.


2. This is the most fun she'll have in 2012! There is a committed group of Girl Scout volunteers pouring their heart and soul into making this a fun, safe and memorable experience for Girl Scout Cadettes - Ambassadors. Aside from the amazing activities, leadership and learning opportunities, we know some of the most memorable moments will be the time girls get to spend just hanging out and enjoying the company of other girls their age.


1. She'll never forget it. Years down the line, when she has her own Girl Scout (or tagalong!) at home, she'll look back on the Centennial Roundup as a magical Girl Scout memory - seven days of tradition, leadership and fun to last a lifetime.


Learn more or register today »

Upcoming 100th Anniversary Events!

While March 12, 2012 (our official 100th anniversary) has passed, the party continues all year long. Here are some upcoming opportunities to celebrate:


Girl Scout individuals, troops and families are invited to participate in our Anniversary Geocaching activity now through August 31, 2012. Details and instructions can be found at


Homestead Centennial

Join Girl Scouts OSW and the Mount Hood Cultural Center for an Open house centennial celebration at the Homestead Outdoor Program Center on June 23, 2012. More information coming soon!


Birthday Celebration registration

Registration is now open for the 100th Anniversary Birthday Celebration on August 11, 2012! This FREE event is open to Girl Scouts past, present and future, and will be followed by a HUGE Cookie Celebration Concert. Register today!


See article above for more info. 


To stay up to date on local and council-wide anniversary events, visit our Anniversary Event Calendar or contact your troop leader or service team to learn what's in store in your area.

Girl Art Needed for Program Guide!
We know many of our girl members are budding artists, and we know that every young artist needs one thing: the opportunity to be published! Girls can get this opportunity by submitting cover art for the 2012-2013 Fall-Winter Program Guide.

To be considered for use, artwork must feature the words "Girl Scouts," arrive with a signed Photo/Artwork Release, and be received by email to by May 25, 2012. Special consideration will be given to artwork featuring our anniversary theme "Girl Scouts in Action: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

The Girl Scout whose artwork is selected will receive eight copies of the 2012-2013 Fall-Winter Program Guide for her personal portfolio and to share with friends/family. She will also receive two boxes of Savannah Smiles Girl Scout cookies signed by Radio Disney star Savannah Outen - one of the featured artists at this year's 100th Anniversary Birthday Celebration on August 11, 2012!
Leadership & Growth Opps for Girls
Every month, we'll list a new way your girl can benefit from Girl Scouting based on her own interests and goals. This month's opportunity is:

Make Your Own Badge!
As a Girl Scout, girls get to make their own badge once a year. We are excited to announce that Girl Scouts USA recently launched their new Make Your Own badge website where girls can design their badge!
The Make Your Own badge activity is a chance for girls to choose something new they want to learn to do, take the steps to really learn to do it, and then design a badge to represent their effort. Whether karaoke, fossil excavation or running a marathon, girls get to choose what matters to them and lead their own learning process. To learn more about the steps involved in the Make Your Own badge process, check out the back of the badge section in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. Then visit to design, order and share your badge!
Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to make a difference in a girl's life this summer:


Day Camp Volunteers - all areas

Various dates

All of our day camps are 100% volunteer-run. Priority placement & discounts are available at select camps when you volunteer. Camps run about one week and generally have a precamp training to prepare you for the week. Most camps have units for younger siblings and school aged boys to participate in while the parent is volunteering. Visit the GSOSW day camp Web page for program and registration information, or to see a video about the benefits of volunteering.


Girls in the Woods - Willamette National Forest

July 30- August 3, 2012

Adults are needed to help chaperone girls. This is a five day tent camping experience with daily program led by the Forest Service including GPS training, wildlife surveys, hiking and more. For more information or to volunteer, contact Lori Jensen at or (541) 485-5911 x6317.


Resident Camp Program and Property Committee

Help us insure the best resident camp experience possible for girls today and for the next 100 years as a member of the Resident Camp Program and Property Committee. Learn more »

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