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In This Issue
Talking to Girls About Violence
Mark Your Calendar
LRPP Approved
GirlFest 2013
Girl Scout Brings Hope to Cancer Patients
2013 Cookie Rally is Almost Here!
Alumnae Spotlight
Talking to Girls About Violence

Our hearts go out to all involved in the Clackamas Town Center shooting that took place just outside of Portland, Oregon on December 11. As you and your family process this event, we encourage you to review the "Talking to Children about Violence" resource from the National Association of School Psychologists. This resource has helpful tips for talking to children of all ages about high profile acts of violence. Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents & Teachers

Mark Your Calendar

Dec. 24 - Jan. 1
All GSOSW service centers and stores closed


January 11, 2013

Holly Hammann Award nomination deadline


Jan. 12 - Mar. 10
Girl Scout Cookie Program


April 13

GSOSW Annual Meeting
Lane Community College, Eugene


November 2, 2013
GirlFest 2013!

Portland Expo Center

Long Range Property Plan Approved

The board of directors of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington approved the Long Range Property Plan on November 10, 2012. Learn more about the final plan and next steps

GirlFest 2013

If you had a blast at this summer's 100th Anniversary Birthday Celebration, you'll love what we have in store for GirlFest 2013! Mark your calendars today for November 2, 2013 at the Portland Expo Center.


As we get to work planning this fabulous event, we need your input! What should we feature on the GirlFest main stage? Take the GirlFest Main Stage Poll


We are also looking for adults, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors to serve on the GirlFest planning committee. Contact Jennifer Akins to express interest.

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Friends, Fun & Growth at Camp
Resident Camp Registration Now Open!

As temperatures drop outside, we're dreaming of sunny days at resident camp! The 2013 Resident Camp Programs brochure is now available online and includes great new features like a "Camps at a Glance" tool and a helpful registration check list. From trekking with llamas to white water rafting, archery to crafts, there are a variety of programs for girls and troops to choose from. Not quite ready to venture off to camp alone? Attend camp with a special adult at one of our She & Me or Me & My Guy programs.


Remember, camp makes a great holiday gift! Tiered pricing helps make camp affordable for all families, and financial assistance is available. Girls can also pay for camp with Cookie/Nut Credits earned during product sales.


Check out the 2013 Resident Camp Programs brochure and register online today. A printed copy of the brochure will be mailed to all currently registered members (one per household) in January. 


How has Girl Scout resident camp helped you or your Girl Scout grow in courage, confidence and character? Tell us

From My Heart to Yours
11-year-old Girl Scout brings hope to cancer patients

Niasha is an individually registered Girl Scout with GSOSW who dreamed of providing hope to cancer patients by sharing origami cranes - an international symbol of hope and healing.


Niasha made her dream a reality through her Girl Scout Bronze Award project, placing & refilling baskets of cranes at cancer treatment centers - a project she calls Cranes of Hope. She taught fellow Girl Scouts, school groups and others to make cranes to help keep her baskets full.


"In June my mentor told me I had done more than enough for my Bronze, but I was not going to stop now. The idea to change it up to get my Silver came. Now I am doing everything I did before but added ideas too."


Today, Niasha's project is bringing hope to ten treatment centers in Oregon and Montana. She now leads others in placing baskets of cranes in their own communities around the nation, and has plans to take her project global for her Girl Scout Gold Award.


"My favorite part is knowing in my heart that I've made someone smile and have hope."


Niasha's advice to other Girl Scouts? "Never let anyone tell you your dreams are too big, or you're too small."


You can spread hope to others, too! Watch Niasha's video tutorial on how to fold an origami crane. To learn more about the project, visit the Cranes of Hope Facebook page.


Help Girl Scouts OSW support more girls like Niasha in making the world a better place, one big dream at a time. Donate today   

Girl Scouts Spread Holiday Cheer 

Holiday Shoebox Project a Success!

Since 1988, Girl Scouts in Southern Oregon have provided shoe boxes filled with gifts for less fortunate children during the holiday season. This year the project resulted in 838 boxes - up from 467 boxes last year, a 79% increase! Special thanks to volunteers Vicki R. and Debbie S. and to all of our Medford Service Center staff for supporting this incredible effort.


Washington County Girl Scout Christmas Breakfast

Donations of canned food, winter clothing and new toys for all ages are needed for the Washington County Girl Scout Christmas Breakfast. Donations can be dropped off at the GSOSW Portland Service Center now through December 21 or at the Grocery Outlet in Hillsboro (354 South First Ave., Hillsboro) on December 15. Volunteers are also needed to serve breakfast and distribute toys and food boxes on Christmas morning - visit www.christmas-breakfast.org for more information.

2013 Cookie Rally is Almost Here!

Registration is now open in Personify for the biggest, most exciting cookie rally and sleepover you've ever seen! 


Evergreen Aviation Museum

McMinnville, Oregon

Friday, January 11 OR Saturday, January 12

Choose from three participation options:


Almost Overnight | $10

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy rally activities, sample cookies, prize drawings, see the 3-D cookie movie and take home a goodie bag with patch and water bottle.


Overnight | $27

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Enjoy rally activities, sample cookies, prize drawings, see the 3-D cookie movie, sleepover in the museum under planes or spacecraft, eat a "midnight" snack and continental breakfast. Take home a goodie bag with patch and water bottle.


Overnight with Water Park Access | $45

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy rally activities, sample cookies, prize drawings, see the 3-D cookie movie, sleepover in the museum under planes or spacecraft, eat a "midnight" snack and continental breakfast. Enjoy exclusive water park access the next morning from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. before the park opens to the public and stay all day if you wish (fee covers full park day). Take home a goodie bag with patch and water bottle.


Older girl troops who run a booth at the rally will get a special late-night movie and a 10% discount on admission. Those troops will have a briefing and run-through on January 5, 2013. Details will be sent separately. If you can't attend the briefing, contact Melissa at mstanley@girlscoutsosw.org.

Alumnae Spotlight
Lifetime Girl Scouts Reflect on Roundup's Past
This fall, Girl Scout alumnae and friends from around the nation gathered in Vermont to celebrate the 50th reunion of the 1962 Girl Scout Roundup. Lifetime members Jim & Patty McLean of Beaverton were among four Girl Scout alumnae from our council to attend.

The event, which took place at the beautiful Basin Harbor Resort in Button Bay, Vermont, featured kayaking and canoeing, biking, golfing, fly fishing, geocaching, arts & antiques, bird watching, Tai Chi, craft round-robin, hiking, flower arranging, a chocolatier, a visit to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, a shipwreck tour and more.


While Patty did not attend the original roundup in 1962, she was present for the 1965 Girl Scout Roundup in Idaho, which will celebrate its 50th reunion in 2015. The reunion's coordinator, Nancy Henning, is busy collecting photos, planning events and reconnecting with Girl Scouts in attendance in 1965. If you are interested in learning more about planning or attending the reunion, you are encouraged to contact Nancy at gsroundup@aol.com or by phone at
(303) 985-5373.

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