These photos are activities Girl Scouts from throughout our council region are involved with in their troops and their communities. Submit photos and captions to jgardner(at)gsewni.org.
Ganz® 2013 Road Trip Comes to Girl Scouts
Hundreds of people came to the Spokane Program Center May 18, 2013 for a Webkinz® extravaganza. The Girl Scout Store in Spokane was chosen as one of the premier sites for the Ganz® 2013 Road Trip. The store is one of the top sellers of Webkinz®, the wildly popular toy stuffed animals that have a playable online counterpart in Webkinz World®. We registered several girls for Girl Scouts and sold a lot of Webkinz®!
Summer Reading Program
Pullman, WA Girl Scout Troop 3709 under the leadership of Jen Marbut presented Neill Public Library’s Children’s Librarian Kathleen Ahern with a check for $2,000. The funds will help support the Youth Services Summer Reading Program in 2014. All members of Troop 3709 are avid readers and library users. They selected the library’s summer reading program for their targeted donation and worked all year to make this generous donation possible.
Cookie Program Making News!
Girl Scouts were live on KHQ TV’s Local News Saturday this winter to help get the word out about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Several local Girl Scouts spent time in the studio doing live news segments, took a tour and talked with KHQ’s Kalae Chock, weekend news anchor and reporter. KHQ TV is our 2013 TV media partner.
World Thinking Day
Hundreds of Girl Scouts from throughout northern Idaho participated in the annual World Thinking Day celebration February 23, 2013 in Post Falls, Idaho. These two Girl Scout Brownies are from Troop 3041 and represented Venezuela with native food and facts about that country.
First Lego League Robotics
A team of five Girl Scouts from the Tri-Cities, The Geek Squad, demonstrated their FIRST Lego League (FLL) project to guests at the Tri-Cities Community Leadership Luncheon April 10, 2013 in Richland, WA. This team won the state FLL competition and went on to the World Championship FIRST LEGO League Competition April 24-27, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri. The team developed a unique accessibility device for senior citizens called “The Handle Helper” and programmed a Lego robot to navigate a four by eight foot table of challenges related to senior living.
Project Troop to Troop
Service personnel from Fairchild Air Force Base in Airway Height, WA loaded hundreds of cases of Girl Scout cookies for service men and women stateside and overseas as part of the Project Troop to Troop (T2T). Girl Scouts and customers support T2T by buying Girl Scout cookies for our troops. Customers donated 16,449 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to T2T in 2013 to be sent from Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho to military personnel around the globe.
Coeur d’Alene Community Leadership Breakfast
Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer were our keynote speakers at the January 23, 2013 Coeur d’Alene Community Leadership Breakfast. Ed and Beatriz are tremendous supporters of our Girl Scout council and Camp Four Echoes, our resident camp at Lake Coeur d’Alene. One of our local Girl Scout Brownies, pictured here with Ed and Beatriz, wowed our guests with her stories of Girl Scouting experiences thus far!
Women’s Weekend 2013
Enjoy a pampered weekend at Lake Coeur d’Alene, September 6-8, 2013. This annual fundraising event is for women who want to relax, enjoy gourmet cuisine, be pampered and support Girl Scouting. Visit the Special Events page for more information on this event.
Learning to Fold a Flag
Brownies from Troop 3717 in Walla Walla, WA demonstrate the proper way to fold an American flag May 2013. These girls were working toward their Brownie Celebrating Community badge.
Girls made Bio Tech Soda May 9, 2013 at the Girl Scout Program Center during the monthly Science Café. Girls made their own soda pop including diet, regular, cola, grape, vanilla, apple, lime, strawberry and mix and match. Science Café is held the second Tuesday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m., at the Girl Scout Program Center in Spokane and is open to all Girl Scouts and families in grades K-12. It focuses on a different science topic each month and features fun, hands on activities for the entire family. The cost is $10 per person. Contact Sarah Betts, sbetts(at)gsewni.org for more information.
Girl Scout Greats
Retired NASA Astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar was the keynote speaker at the annual Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon March 26, 2013 at the Spokane Convention Center. More than 300 guests were captivated by her adventures in space and her local roots growing up in the Yakima Valley. She encouraged the Girl Scouts in the audience to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers and for businesses to support organizations like Girl Scouts that have established STEM programs.
The Great Swimsuit Challenge
GSEWNI Junior Troop#3664 from the South Hill donated 31 swimsuits to the Spokane Parks Foundation’s “Make a Splash in a Kid's Life” project at A.M. Cannon Pool in West Spokane (just a few blocks from our Spokane headquarters). Among other things, the project provides pool passes and swimsuits to kids who could not otherwise afford to use public pools. These Girl Scouts named their Take Action project “The Great Swimsuit Challenge 2013.” The girls organized money earning opportunities, purchased the NEW swimsuits and presented them at a news conference at the pool June 13, 2130. This is a great way to kick off the summer season!