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In This Issue
Shaver Scholarship announced
60 Second Seminar: Daisy travel
Pewter figurines are here!
Resident camp Q & A
Space for lease in PDX Service Center
I CAN Conference registration open
Walk in the Grand Floral Parade!
Help friends & colleagues make a difference
It's not too late for Spring Renewal!
New look to Personify

GSOSW closed Memorial Day

A friendly reminder that all GSOSW service centers and shops are closed Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day.


For other upcoming closures, events, trainings and more, check out the GSOSW Calendar »

Luella & George Shaver Family Scholarship recipient announced

Congratulations to Girl Scout Liliya Benz, recipient of the 2013 Luella & George Shaver Family Scholarship!
"Girl Scouts has been a very important and influential part of my life since I began in kindergarten," Liliya says of her Girl Scout experience. "The program has taught me many valuable life skills and has helped me to become the confident and courageous woman that I am today."
Read more about Liliya's Girl Scout experience and her plans for college on the GSOSW Blog »

Older Girl Scouts have incredible travel opportunities such as GSUSA destinations or council-sponsored trips, but what about Girl Scout Daisies? This quick video will help you understand how to help Daisies take their first steps in travel progression:


In the News

We've had some wonderful Girl Scout stories in the news this month! From the grand opening of our Eugene Service Center (ribbon cutting with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy pictured above), to a Girl Scout Gold Award project helping cancer patients, to girls promoting clean water around the world, there are tons of wonderful stories about Girl Scouts throughout our council. Check out our "In the News" page to read more!

Store updates

Pewter figurines have arrived!
The 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program pewter figurines are now available in all stores.




Start a new pewter collection this year, or add to your existing collection with this cute Golden Retriever puppy. Supplies are limited, so don't wait.  We also have a very limited supply of 2010, 2011 and 2012 figurines if you missed out on them in previous years.


Other updates from the Girl Scout shop:

Great new merchandise »

Awards & Bridging Kits »
Open late hours » 

Camp Q & A

Resident camp is just around the corner, and many families are busy preparing! To help you get ready, here are answers to some common questions:

Is there still space in a camp session?
To find out if space is still available:
1. Visit the Camp Activities section of Personify (found in the left-hand menu).
2. Click on the name of the camp property you're interested in.
3. Click on the name of the session you're interested in.
4. Find your desired program from the list. Availability will be listed with the program description.

Where do I find camp paperwork?

Camp paperwork is found at the bottom of the  forms page on our council website. A link can also be found (along with the password to access the forms) in the camper confirmation email from GSOSW.

What is my payment balance?
You can check your balance owed by logging in to your girl's Personify account, clicking on "My Accounts" (in the left-hand menu) and selecting "My Orders."
Need additional support? Check our FAQ or contact us for support:
Minda Trulove-Sapp GLE Administrative Assistant
(800) 338-5248 x6850
General Camp
Marissa Bennett
Resident Camp Specialist
800-338-5248 x6881

Space for lease in the Portland Service Center

Do you know a nonprofit organization looking for affordable office space? GSOSW is looking for a compatible nonprofit to occupy an approximately 1500 sq. foot office space on the first floor of our Portland Service Center. For more information, contact Harmony George at 503-977-6816 or by email.



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Support our Girl Scout sisters in OK

Girl Scouts around the country are rallying behind our sisters in Oklahoma affected by recent tornado devastation. Read a message from National CEO Anna Maria Chávez on how you can help Girl Scouts in Oklahoma »

Girl Scout volunteer Carol Usher honored as Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year
Photo credit: Jeannie Boese

Congratulations to Carol Usher, who was recently honored as the Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year for extraordinary service in her community. 

We are particularly thankful to Carol for giving her time to Girl Scouts!


Carol began her service to Girl Scouts as a parent helper in her daughter's Girl Scout Brownie troop in 2006, which soon grew into something more. "In Fall of 2011, I started a Girl Scout Junior troop with three girls. This year we have eight girls in the troop and the grades range from 4-6. I also have a fabulous co-leader. She works with the Juniors while I work with the Cadettes," Carol says.

In addition to her own troop, she also started a Brownie troop at her children's elementary school by organizing a parent meeting. Another parent stepped up to lead the troop, and Carol has served as a mentor throughout the troop's first year.


Giving of her time is just a part of who she is. "I was a Girl Scout as a kid," she told Herald and News. "There was always that aspect of helping out. It's always been a part of me." When she graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton in 1995, her troop (#1259) bought her a lifetime membership in Girl Scouting.


As with any long-time Girl Scout, Carol has a raft of fond memories - some old, some new. "In 1996 I got to go with some Girl Scouts from the Eugene area to the Atlanta Olympic Games. My favorite memories from GS are of going on multiple camping trips a year, planning and going to Vancouver and Victoria BC for a week, recycling Christmas trees, and helping a local department store get rid of their poinsettia plants on December 24 every year." The service project required them to be at the store by 5:30 a.m. "The plants were lined up at the door and we counted them out on the sidewalk for other troops to pick up and deliver to nursing homes and other charitable organizations. Around 8:30 a.m. our troop would be exhausted and we would go out to breakfast. We were always happy that our efforts were making other people have a better holiday."


Her troop recently made new memories on their first camping trip to Lava Beds National Monument. "We got to help our girls learn new skills: working with knives, how long does a meal take to make, how do you clean dishes, and setting up and taking down camp. We went hiking in a number of caves. We even got to see pictographs on some of the cave walls."


Carol knows firsthand why giving back to your local community is so important. "My Girl Scout leaders and my youth group leaders were my role models. They gave tirelessly and unselfishly. These leaders always had a smile on their face."


Her role models clearly passed that passion on. "I love volunteering. I love seeing children's eyes light up as they try something new or get an answer right."


What advice would she give to a girl about volunteering? "There are so many great organizations out there. Finding out what your passion is and then helping others learn about it makes life fun."

I CAN Conference registration open!

I CAN October 18-20, 2013

Mountaindale Outdoor Program Center - North Plains

Registration Now Open!

The Informational Classes & Adult Networking (ICAN) Conference is scheduled for October 18-20, 2013 at Mountaindale Outdoor Program Center. This leadership development weekend is designed for experienced volunteers and is packed full of valuable workshops, relaxation and networking.

Make sure you take advantage of the early registration discount! Register for ICAN by June 15, 2013 and receive $10 off of your registration fee. PLUS, extra savvy campers can get an additional $10 off by tent/car camping. That's quite a discount! Mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us for this incredible weekend - to learn more or register, visit girlscoutsosw.org .

This year, the event will feature a supply exchange! Learn more about the exchange and hear from a four-year I CAN attendee on the GSOSW Blog.


We hope you can join us for this fun-filled adult leadership development weekend - we know you'll walk away saying, "I CAN" do anything with my girls! Register today »

Opportunities for Girl Scouts

Space still available for Grand Floral Parade

Represent Girl Scouts in Oregon's largest parade, be on TV and get a special gift for participating! As in years past, girls will walk with the Wells Fargo stage coach during the Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 8, 2013. This year, the event is also open to up to 50 Girl Scout alumnae!

Requirements for participation include:

  • Girls and adults must wear white shirts and khaki bottoms. Girls must also wear their Girl Scout vest/sash and membership pins on their insignia tab.
  • Girls and adults must be able to walk the entire route (4.1 miles). It is recommended - not a requirement - that girls are 14 years or older since it is a long walk.
  • Participating adults must be registered and background checked. 

Space is limited for this event. If we get more girls and adults than allowed, we will hold a selection process to determine the final participants. To register, sign up on Personify or email smiller@girlscoutsosw.org


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 23 to September 2, 2013. If you plan on traveling and want in on this great opportunity, email Jen Kehret at GirlScoutStrollerBooth@gmail.com to schedule your shifts. 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 8 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 1 to sign up for those additional shifts if they are available. Please indicate your top three shift choices, in order of preference, when registering.
Shifts will be Friday, August 23 THROUGH Monday, September 2
Sundays through Thursdays
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
2 - 6 p.m.
6 - 9:30 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 - 7 p.m.
7 - 11 p.m.
A required training on booth procedures will be announced over the summer.
Be aware that in order to be eligible to work you will need to provide Jen a copy of your Extended Trip Application, proof of acceptance to a council-sponsored trip or your application to a destination travel opportunity. You must also provide an Additional Money Earning Opportunity approval and NOI for this event.
Help your friends and colleagues make a difference for girls

As a volunteer run, staff-led organization we're always on the look-out for adults who are willing to serve as strong role models for our girls. Many of our volunteers are parents of Girl Scouts who are excited to step up to the plate. Others are community members who remember their own Girl Scout experiences and want to give back.


We know there are people in your community who have the skills, talent and heart to be great Girl Scout volunteers -they just may not know that yet. After all, who wouldn't want to get engaged with the premier leadership organization for girls? As a Girl Scout, you're the perfect person to introduce these potential volunteers to all of our opportunities to help girls discover their own strengths and interests, connect with others in the world around them, and take action to make the world a better place.


Think about your circle of friends and colleagues. Would your accountant make a great service team treasurer or financial literacy series leader? Maybe the social media whiz at the office has the savvy you need for a service unit communications coordinator? Or perhaps your neighbor with an empty nest has time to share with a troop of older girls?


Summer is an especially great time to come on board as a new volunteer because there are so many training opportunities. Who can you help us get to know? Rachel Carlson at rcarlson@girlscoutsosw.org will help connect your recommendations to our Girl Scout family. Thank you for helping us reach more girls!

Spring Renewal is in full swing

It's not too late to take part in our Spring Renewal campaign! By renewing membership for the 2013-2014 year now, girls, volunteers, troops and service units are able to earn great benefits. Renewing your membership today ensures you don't miss out on a minute of the fun and  friendship of Girl Scouting, all while fostering leadership skills. To take advantage of Spring Renewal:

  • Paper registrations forms must be submitted to your local service center by close of business on Friday, June 28, OR
  • Online registrations must be entered in Personify by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

As a reminder, Girl Scouts of the USA has increased annual membership dues to $15 for the 2013-2014 year. That's a full year of membership in the premier leadership organization for girls for less than the cost of a movie and popcorn!


Renew your Girl Scout membership today »

New look to Personify!

Have you noticed a new look in the pages of Personify? The Program Activities & Events section has been updated to be more consistent with how GSOSW programs are organized and provides definitions for each type of program.



These categories are also more consistent with the way programs appear in the Program Guide. Please explore the pages and let us know what you think! Send thoughts and suggestions to events@girlscoutsosw.org.

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