Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

September 2012

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Three corn mazes around the council are celebrating our centennial by featuring a Girl Scout theme! Get details on dates, locations and more on the GSOSW Blog

Tell Us About Your Girl Scout Story!

Each month on the GSOSW Blog, we feature local Girl Scout stories highlighting the wonderful activities, service projects and leadership skills of girls in our council. As parents and guardians, you know firsthand the benefits your Girl Scout gets from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Inspire others and honor her hard work by sharing her Girl Scout story (or better yet, encourage her to share her own!) on our Share Your Story Web page.
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Building Leadership Skills through the Fall Product Sale

The Fall Product Sale has begun, and along with the opportunity for troops/groups to earn funds for their fall and winter activities, the sale is a great way for girls to build leadership skills.


As with the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls also learn five important skills while selling nuts, candy and Girl Scout Snack Bars: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. You can help enhance the value of these skills by doing the following:

  • Guide your Girl Scout to set practical and useful goals about what she wants to learn and earn.
  • Help your Girl Scout network with family and friends, but let her do the "ask."
  • Don't do for her what she can do for herself.
  • Be a role model for business ethics and safety rules.
  • Have fun with her! 
Remember that the Fall Product Sale is a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which is girl-driven. Let your Girl Scout take the lead in selling product and reaching goals. Your encouragement, coaching, and guidance will be key ingredients to a successful experience for her.
Keeping Girls Safe Online

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Girl Scouts USA recently joined the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign - a national public awareness effort among government, industry and nonprofits seeking to guide youth about ways to stay safe online.

As parents and guardians, you are likely concerned about what your girls are doing online and how you can prepare them to make smart choices. DHS and Girl Scouts have several resources that can help you start a conversation with your child about the risks, behaviors and safety precautions they need to think about when they go online:
With your help, girls can socialize and communicate in the digital space confidently and wisely. For more information about the Stop.Think.Connect. partnership, visit
Leadership & Growth Opps for Girls
Girl Scout Leadership Institute Patrol
Salt Lake City, October 2014

The Girl Scout  Leadership Institute brings together 1,200 girls recognized as leaders in their council to connect and take action on matters that affect the future for girls and the Girl Scout movement. Girls take part in sessions throughout the day and attend the National Council Session opening and closing ceremonies. The Girl Scout Leadership Institute will run in parallel with the National Council Sessions. The patrol is made up of only 10 girls and two adults. Girls must be in grades 7-12 at the time of the trip. For further information, contact Jennifer Akins at

Is your Girl Scout considering this or a similar travel opportunity, but not sure how to finance the trip? Attend an upcoming Money-Earning Workshop on October 27 or November 3 to learn about your options and lay out a plan! See page 11 of the Fall-Winter Program Guide for details.
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Help make Girl Scouting accessible!

Girl Scouting has always been about inclusion - working with girls and their families to ensure girls have what they need to build courage, confidence and character. In some cases, this is about adapting materials to meet individual language needs. GSOSW was proud to introduce resources such as Volunteer Essentials and The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting in braille this year, and we are always in need of translators willing to give their time to help us increase the accessibility of our forms, manuals, program resources and other materials.


If you are a sign language interpreter or if you are able to offer translation services (particularly in Spanish), your help is needed. To express interest in helping Girl Scouts OSW reach more girls with interpretation and translation services (for girls and volunteers), email

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