Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Spring Into Fall Program Guide

Special Edition: Summer & Fall Program Opportunities

In a unique girl-only environment, Girl Scouts build courage,confidence and character all while having fun! There are many ways you can participate in Girl Scouts and this special edition highlights some of our summer and early fall events. You can attend any event you want as an individually registered Girl Scout (just $12!) or with a troop. Visit our website for registration details. Please forward this email to all of your friends to share the fun!

Important Reminder

PeanutsAll 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. 

Girl Scouts Make a Difference Day

October 13, 2012 

Join the whole council in making a difference in the communities of Oregon and Southwest Washington!  Lists of organizations in need of service will be provided for all areas of the council so that girls can participate in this program no matter where they live. Registration details will be included in the Fall/Winter Program Guide.  Here are some of the organizations who will be providing opportunities for Girl Scouts Make a Difference Day:


  • Southern Oregon Humane Society
  • Southern Oregon Historical Society - Hanley Farm
  • City of Central Point
  • Curry County Animal Shelter
  • Klamath Animal Shelter

South Valley

  • Next Step Recylcing
  • Lane Blood Center
  • Greenhill Humane Society
  • Nearby Nature
  • Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
  • South Slough Estruary

North Valley

  • SafeHaven
  • City of Albany
  • Oregon Gardens
GS Store Specials

Your Girl Scout Stores will be open to serve your needs during the summer months: June, July and August!


In JUNE pick up those last minute end of the year items, awards and thank you gifts. We can also help you prepare for the camping season ahead. If you are going to day camp, resident camp or camping on your own we can help you with the necessities. Don't forget about the Trading Post at resident camp. Our trading posts will be stocked with great items to help you enjoy and remember your resident camp experience.


In JULY the stores will be conducting our annual pre-inventory reduction sale. Lots of great merchandise at discounted prices. In addition, any girl using a nut or cookie credit card will receive an extra 10% off during the month!


During AUGUST the stores will be open to help you prepare for back to troop season. Visit one of the physical stores or the GSOSW online store to see the new catalog items for fall. We will also be continuing to offer the Great Start Kits for new and newly bridged Girl Scouts.


Please check the GSOSW website for special closure dates for the stores. August is also the month we conduct our annual physical inventory and all stores will be closed for a few days.

Earn Money for Travel!

Plan on doing any traveling? Would you like some money to help pay for the trip? Girls can earn money for travel by working at the Oregon State Fair Stroller Booth!


We are looking for girls (entering grades 6-12) to help work in the stroller booth this summer at the Oregon State Fair from August 24 to September 3, 2012. If you plan on traveling and want in on this great opportunity, email Jen Kehret to schedule your shifts at Make sure to include your troop number, troop leader's name and both email and phone contact information. Shifts will be open for sign up on July 23 and assigned on a first come, first served basis. Be aware that it may take several days to receive a response, and that the shifts are assigned on a first come, first served basis as measured by the time stamp on the email.


Each shift consists of two adults and two girls. Parking is free at the event. The profit from the stroller booth will be divided equally among all of the shifts and the checks will be cut to the troops at the end of October. Each troop or individually registered Girl Scout can work a maximum of two shifts. If a troop or individually registered Girl Scout would like more than two shifts they must email Jen after August 6 to sign up for those additional shifts if they are available. Please indicate your top three shift choices when registering.


Shifts will be on the following dates:


Friday August 24 THROUGH Monday September 3


Sundays through Thursdays
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


Fridays & Saturdays

10:00 a.m. - 2:30p.m.

2:30p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


The required training times will be announced.


Be aware that in order to be eligible to work you will need to provide Jen a copy of your Extended Trip Application or proof of acceptance to a Council-sponsored Trip or your application to a destination travel opportunity along with your Additional Money Earning Opportunity approval and NOI for this event. If you have questions please contact Shannon Shea at, or (503)977-6813.


Remember to keep an eye out for information on the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest Curly Fry Booth in September!

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2012 Spring-Summer Program Guide
2012 Resident Camp Brochure
Service unit Web pages

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2012 Fall Product Sale

Make plans now to earn Fall Product funds for your troop!


"Become the difference" selling nuts & candy products from Trophy Nuts. For every order you collect on your order card - your troop receives a $1 per item! "What can a girl do" if her friends and family love to read? She can participate in the QSP magazine program. Her troop will earn a percentage from every subscription.


If collecting orders on paper isn't your thing, don't worry - you can participate with the online option with either program. Let today's technology do the work for you by sending emails. Yes, it's that easy! By having customers order magazines online, they will get them quicker, have a wider selection to choose from and they can chose business gifts to send to their clients. No worrying about collecting money, making deposits, etc. with Trophy online. You won't even have to return to the customer to make a delivery.


With the fall product sale, troops and girls can mix and match their participation options to choose what fits the best. They can use all options, or just one part of the sale that fits their timeline. See below for dates and talk with your troop product manager or parents about participating in this program this fall.


Troop Training by September 21

Order Taking begins September 22

Customer Delivery November 5 - 25

Troop Wrap-up November 29


For more details on getting involved, talk with your service unit product manager and watch for announcements from her.

Youth Aviation Adventure Day

Open to GS Cadettes (Grade 7 and up) - Ambassadors
Aurora, OR

Experience the wonder of aviation with this one-day program at Willamette Aviation at the Aurora State Airport. Learn how an airplane flies, make your own glider, meet professionals in aviation, all while airplanes fly overhead (weather permitting). Receive a patch at the end of the program to commemorate your adventure.


June 2, June 16, July 28, 2012; 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


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Cascade Locks Paddlewheeler Cruise

Open to all Girl Scouts
The Dalles, OR

It's a day of history and adventure in the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge! Enjoy a tour of the Cascade Locks Historical Museum and learn about the waterways and locks, Native American history in the gorge, railroads, fish wheels, sternwheelers, steamboats and more! Bring a pinic lunch to enjoy in Marine Park, climb aboard the triple deck Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler and experience history firsthand. Watch the river roll by and hear about the Lewis & Clark expedition on your journey.


June 30, 2012; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



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Low Echo Camporee

Open to GS Brownies - Ambassadors
Klamath Falls, OR

Start your summer adventures with a camporee at Camp Low Echo on the beautiful Lake of the Woods! Enjoy traditional camp activities like marshmallow roasting, camp songs, polar bear swim, makeing new friends, skits and much more! Spend Saturday with Klamath Outdoor Science School and learn about the two different kinds of eco-systems that are present at Camp Low Echo through hands-on activities. This is a summer campout you wont want to miss!


July 6 - 8, 2012; 6:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.



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Digital Media Studio for Leaders

Open to GS Ambassadors and Adults
Portland, OR 

If you are a Junior or Cadette leader looking at the Amuse or MEdia journeys, this is the class for you. In three hours you will become a near expert in the equipment and software needed to help your girls turn out amazing Speak Out or Cultivate Take Action Projects. You will understand how to guide your girls through the process of developing great video and photography projects using state of the art tools. This is a fun class made for adults with any level of experience with computers, cameras or digital editing. Help your girls take the lead and develop their own skills to express themselves while sharing their projects and lives in this exciting new way.


Contact Alden Bagnall with any questions about the program at (503)977-6850.


July 7, 2012; August 4, 2012; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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Digital Media Studio for Teens

Open to GS Cadettes - Ambassadors
Portland, OR 

Lights, Camera, Take Action! Learn the basics of digital photography and video editing in this very hands on class. Turn your cell phone snapshots into portraits and video clips into stories you will love to share. Make your social media pop and develop outstanding presentations with this fun class. Girls in this program will also shoot and edit their own video footage creating a personal video presentation about themselves with music, transitions and credits. This class is a must for any girl or troop working on the Amuse or MEdia journeys, or Take Action Projects.


Contact Alden Bagnall with any questions about the program at 503-977-6850. 


July 14, 2012; August 11, 2012; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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Letterboxing Adventure

Open to GS Brownies - Ambassadors
Lebanon, OR 

Enjoy the outdoor hobby which combines hiking and a bit of mystery - letterboxing. The adventure begins at the historic Lebanon Program Center where participants will learn history of letterboxing, prepare a personal letterbox, learn how to find and write clues and make a letterbox for their troop to hide. We will then head out to nearby beautiful Cheadle Lake to find a series of letterboxes hidden along the edge of this improved hiking trail. Meets the requirements for the Brownie Letterboxer badge. A map and list of hiking supplies will be sent in a confirmation email.


September 15, 2012; 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



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Bronze Award Adult Workshop

Open to GS Adults
Portland, OR 

The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards remain the highest awards within Girl Scouting. Join other parents, volunteers and leaders to learn more about the Girl Scout Bronze Award, Take Action Projects and how girls can start exploring the world of highest awards!


September 20, 2012; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


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Girls in the Forest

Open to GS Juniors - Ambassadors
Klamath Falls, OR 

A service learning weekend in celebration of National Public Lands Day! Learn about careers in natural resources from women employed by the Forest Service and do fun and educational activities with them. Make new friends while you sing songs, roast marshmallows and do skits with other Girl Scouts from around the region. Then perform service for National Public Lands Day that will enhance our public lands for all who visit them. Enjoy a camp experience at Girl Scouts OSW's southern most resident camp property, Camp Low Echo on the beautiful Lake of the Woods.


September 21-23, 2012; 6:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


No adults required

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Changing Our World Fall Encampment

Open to GS Cadettes - Ambassadors
Philomath, OR 

Planned for girls by girls, this event is being put on by the Older Girl Event Committee from Salem. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like canoeing, boating and relaxing, as well as workshops on travel opportunities, Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards, repurposing fashions and more! 


September 28-30, 2012; 5:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



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Girl Scout Day at the Farm events

Open to all Girl Scouts
Southern Oregon

Enjoy the fall harvest season and kick off the Girl Scout year with a day at the farm! Both farms offer a variety of fun activities like giant corn mazes, hay rides, pear shooting or pumpkin cannon, face painting, petting zoo and more! Come anytime during the day and check in with the ticket booth for a wrist band.


Fort Vannoy Farms - Grants Pass, OR

Pheasant Fields Farm - Medford, OR


October 6, 2012; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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Juliette Low Birthday Tea Parties

Open to all Girl Scouts
Lebanon, OR

Celebrate Juliette Low's birthday by joining us at the historic Lebanon Program Center. While having high tea, you will meet Juliette and hear her story about starting Girl Scouts in the United States. Try out activities found in the first Girl Scout badges including: first aid, signal flags, knots and table manners. Participate in a vintage Girl Scout uniform fashion show. Meets requirements toward completion of the Girl Scout Brownie or Junior Girl Scout Ways badges.   Registration includes the cost of an event patch.


October 27, 2012

GS Daisies - Brownies; 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

GS Juniors - Ambassadors; 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.



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Tillamook Forest Center Girl Scout Program

Open to GS Brownies - Ambassadors
Tillamook, OR 

Forestry Fun for Girl Scouts! Bring your troop to the Tillamook Forest Center to learn about how we are all connected to forests using the Tillamook State Forest as your learning lab! This is a free, anytime activity available for groups of 15 or more girls.


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