Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
May 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.
Upcoming Events

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


Portland Metro

Hands in the Sand

June 30, July 1, 2012

(Reg. closes June 16, 17)


South Valley

Sewing Workshop

June 18, 20, 21, 2012

(Reg. closes June 4, 6, 7)



People and Plants

June 29, 2012

(Reg. closes June 15) 

Design Your Eco Dream House!


Design Your Eco Dream House! Have you seen it? It's live on This new digital program enables girls to design a house - from the outside in - and simultaneously see how green their decisions are. It's a great tie to the Get Moving! journey for Juniors and really to every journey in the It's Your Planet series. 

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.


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #93

Look through a Girl Scout handbook from an earlier time. Check out what is the same and what's different.

Girl Scouts Take Over Television!

Girl Scouts will be featured on two upcoming television broadcasts!


Nationally, you can see an all-Girl Scout episode of the Marth Stewart Show on Monday, May 7 on the Hallmark channel. See Martha chat it up with Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, and girls from many councils. Enter your zipcode on to find the Hallmark channel in your area.


Locally, girls, volunteers and staff from GSOSW will be featured on The Wild Life with Jeremy on June 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast Sportnet. Battling frigid temperatures in Eagle Creek on the Columbia Gorge, host Jeremy McLaughlin is challenged by retrieving GPS targets down deep canyons and the cold waters of Punchbowl Falls, all for a group of Girl Scouts. Tune in to see what  happens! Check local listings to confirm air time in your area.

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Amazing News!

Thanks to how close we came towards meeting our 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program goal and a generous sponsor that will be assisting us with the concert...


The 2012 Cookie Celebration Concert will be FREE to all members! 


The concert will feature Savannah Outen, Coco Jones, and Greyson Chance!




August 11, 2012  |  2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Linn County Expo Center, Albany


All girls who sold at least one box of cookies will receive info on getting their priority "cookie seller" seating wristband when they get their cookie recognitions.


We are excited to be announce that Laura Marano, star of Disney's "Austin and Ally" will be doing a meet and greet at the Birthday Celebration right before the concert from Noon - 2:00 p.m. Girls will sign up at the Product Sales booth starting at 10:00 a.m. for the chance to meet Ms. Marano and get an autograph and photo with her. Space is limited, so sign up early at the event for your opportunity. This will only be available to girls with their cookie seller wristband. Watch the recognitions for how to register and get your wristband!


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #55

Fashion has changed even in Girl Scouts - host a Girl Scout fashion show in your community. Hint: historical uniforms can be checked out at most GSOSW service centers. Don't miss the historic uniform fashion show, modeled by Girl Scouts, earlier in the day at the 100th Birthday Celebration!

New summer adventures!

Intro to Orienteering

Eugene, OR

Have you noticed the new craze of geocaching and letterboxing and wished you new how? Here is your chance to learn with an introduction to orienteering. Learn how to read a map and compass which really helps with operating a GPS and finding letterboxes. Bring a sack lunch and join our wonderful instructors from the US Forest Service for a day at Wallace Creek Program Center.  Contact Lori Jensen for more information. Open to GS Juniors - Ambassadors 

  • June 2, 2012; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • $10/girl
  • Register on Personify

With the information you learn, you can participate in the 100th Anniversary Geocaching Activity!


Low Echo Camporee

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, canoeing, making new friends, skits and much more! Spend Saturday with Klamath Outdoor Science School and learn through hands-on activities about the two different kinds of eco-systems present at Camp Low Echo. This is a summer campout you wont want to miss! Contact Jennifer Akins for more information.

  • Open to GS Brownies - Ambassadors
  • July 6-8, 2012;
  • $40/girl
  • $20/adult 
  • Register on Personify

Night Watch

Grants Pass, OR

Have you been to Wildlife Images during the day? See the wildlife in a whole new flashlight! The evening begins with a pizza dinner and a special bird of prey presentation, followed by a nocturnal tour of the facility. Bring your flashlights and observe the sights and sounds of the animals after dark! Contact Jennifer Akins for more information.

  • Open to GS Brownies - Ambassadors
  • July 21, 2012; 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • $18/ person
  • Register on Personify

Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #97

Identify a significant event that occured in 1912 (besides the start of Girl Scouts). Interesting fact: The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 (now go find your own).
Resident Camp is Just Around the Corner!

Resident Camp is just around the corner, and now it is time to sign up! There are programs for just about every interest, singing (Sing Out Loud), Harry Potter (Woodland Wizards, Sorcerer's Apprentice), swimming (Splash), Crafts (Make-it Take-it, Get Creative, Art Extravaganza), horseback riding (Saddle Up, Cowgirl Up, Boots and Saddle, Trail Riders, Rodeo Riders) and outdoor skills (Hiker Girl, Outdoor Chef, Day Trekker, Challenge Yourself Outdoors). Financial assistance is still available as well. 


Questions about camp? Check out or contact Marissa Bennett at, 503-977-6881 for program questions. Contact Heidi Johnson at, 503-581-2451 for space availability or questions about forms.


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #75

Watch all or part of The Golden Eaglet (available on YouTube!). Bonus activity: Create your own version of The Golden Eaglet that tells the story of today's Girl Scouts and makes others want to join. Be sure to share your finished product with us!

Spread the Magic of Day Camp


Camp is not only a great way for girls to learn but it is fun for adults as well. Register your camper and sign yourself up too!


All of our day camps are 100% volunteer-run. Enjoy priority placement and discounts (available at select camps) when you volunteer. Most camps have units for younger siblings and school-aged boys to enjoy while the parent is volunteering. Visit for day camp listings, contact and registration information, or to see a video about the benefits of volunteering! If you have general questions, please contact Lauren Shapiro.


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #50

Create a YouTube video about your favorite things in Girl Scouting and share with our council's YouTube channel.

Event Highlight

Construction for the Modern Scout

Portland, OR

This two day program includes a variety of hands-on workshops and seminars. You will be working with tools, equipment and materials to construct projects from start to finish. Learn about the multiple sides of what a career in construction can offer from special guest speakers. Earn a NAWIC badge and rocker and look for more offerings next fall! Sunday breakfast and lunch for both days is provided. Dinner and overnight accomodations are not provided - but check out the local GSOSW properties for possible overnight stays.   

  • Open to GS Cadettes
  • June 2-3, 2012; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
  • $30/girl
  • $6.25/adult
  • Register on Personify

Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #57

Visit a historical site from 1912. Check out the National Register of Historical Places to help find a location near you.

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. By making a gift of $100, your special someone will have their name permanently recognized on the Wall of Honor at GSOSW headquarters. Their name will also be displayed in all GSOSW service centers and included on our website through December 2013. 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, please visit You can also call 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.


Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #18

Together with other troops donate 100 hours of service.

Journey with Healthy Habits

HealthThroughout Girl Scout journeys, girls are encouraged to eat healthy snacks and stay active - that's an important message we want all girls to get! That's why we're excited to announce that, in partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts has developed three "healthy habits" booklets for volunteers to use in conjunction with their journey Adult Guides. You can download the booklets today for FREE at!


Through the use of these free resources for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors, volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

Bonus 100th Anniversary Activity: #70

Try sticking to a healthy diet for 100 days.  Live without your mobile phone for 100 hours, take up a new sport or give up a bad habit for 100 hours.  See what a difference a change in lifestyle could make.

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