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  • Celebrating a Special Story of Sisterhood


    August 7, 2016 is National Sister's Day, an annual holiday celebrated on the first Sunday in August recognizing the bond shared between sisters. Today we're taking a moment to reflect on a powerful bond between sisters through the perspective of one of our very own Girl Scout alumna, Courtney Grant. On June 18, 2016 she shared the best day of her life - the marriage between her and her new husband - with her Girl Scout sisters by her side.

    Amanda, Shay, Savannah, and Courtney became friends over ten years ago when their troops merged. They also grew close with a fellow scout, Jenna, who was a part of a different troop in the same area. The girls' friendship has grown strong ever since through a numerous amount of memorable experiences, including volunteering, traveling, and attending school together. Courtney met her last bridesmaid, Fawn, at school when they had been assigned to the same group in their humanities class. Fawn recently joined the Girl Scout family and is currently working at Camp Four Echoes helping lead program activities for our summer resident campers. "When my boyfriend proposed to me it only made sense to have my Girl Scout sisters be my bridesmaids," said Courtney. "From Camp Wooten, to the Mall of America, through my Gold Award project, to New York City, back to Portland, off to college, and finally, down the aisle - I've been blessed to have the same lovely ladies by my side."

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  • Troop 3674 Builds Greenhouse for Local Elementary School


    Spokane Valley Troop 3674 wanted to do something that would teach, inspire, and benefit society for their Bronze Award project. After the girls researched different options for improving their community they came up with the idea to build a greenhouse at a local elementary school, which would serve to provide healthy food and be a hands-on learning tool for children at the school.

    With the help of local organizations, the girls were able to make their vision a reality. Veradale United Church of Christ, near Progress Elementary School, offered a strip of land to build on. In addition, Spokane Valley Lowe's Home Improvement selected the group as their 2016 Lowe's Local Heroes. Due to the fact that Lowe's strongly believes in working together to build something better, they happily provided Troop 3674 with 2,500 dollars worth of necessary gardening materials, along with their helping hands. For three full days, Girl Scouts and adult volunteers put their plans into action by constructing two greenhouses, a workspace in between them, and a raised bed for pumpkins.

    Like a Girl Scout, members of Troop 3674 decided they're always able to reach further, work harder, and do more. They have recently tossed around the idea of making their greenhouse project a catalyst for earning their Silver Award. Now that they have the foundation built, they are considering developing an educational curriculum to complement their greenhouses. They may even make a cookbook. Aft...



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  • Troop 2472 Crosses the Bridge to Girl Scout Adults


    Bridging from one level to the next is an important transition in the life of a Girl Scout, as it represents a girl being aware of her achievements and ready for new adventures, challenges, and responsibilities. For that, it is especially rewarding when a girl bridges to an Adult, which is what Troop 2472 is being recognized for. As graduating Girl Scout Ambassadors, Erin, Selena, Josie, Kayla, Kira, JoJo, Monica, and Desirae will embrace what they've learned in Girl Scouting, honor how it will forever be a part of who they are, and step into the world as young women of courage, confidence, and character.

    Troop 2472 joins nearly one million Girl Scouts - across the country and around the world - who volunteer their time and inspire young girls to become leaders. They are linked to an outstanding 10 million global sisters through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and 59 million Girl Scout alumnae. Though their worldwide sisterhood is sure to add richness and fun to their lives, their individual journeys began long before now. In fact, three of the young women have been scouting together since Kindergarten. The girls have had many successes throughout the years, including earning enough money to fully fund the trip of a lifetime (Click here to read more).<...



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  • Troop 5300 Has Gone Healthy By Earning Their Strong Girl Healthy Meeting Patch


    Daisy/Brownie Troop 5300 from Kennewick, WA has gone healthy! By combining their Healthy Meeting Badge tasks and other badge activities they were working on, they were able to make it even more fun and informative.

    Troop 5300 successfully repurposed their Outdoor Adventurer Badge activities by using camp equipment as batons in relay races. The girls also learned about recycling as they ran relays with the recyclable materials. Lily Parkes and Isabella Irvin especially loved the relay races. In addition, the troop was able to incorporate sit-ups, push-ups, and jumping jacks while working on their Financial Literacy Badge activities.

    Willow Feather really enjoyed jumping rope while the girls worked on their 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals activities. As suggested by 5 Flowers, they dug out the jump ropes and had a blast! Avery Carter certainly enjoyed it, saying "I like exercising through jumping rope and trying new things, like berries!"

    Another task the girls needed to complete was to taste test three fruits and vegetables. Troop Leader Shellie Feather said, "we tried three new fruits and three new vegetables. I tried to keep some at least similar to other foods and one that was really out there. For our vegetables, we had green, orange, and purple cauliflower, purple and yellow carrots, and jicama. For our fruits we had pomegranate seeds, kumquats, and papaya." All of the girls took a special liking to pomegranate seeds....



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  • Girl Scouting Through the Eyes of Marguerite


    Marguerite Sunn Thoreson Browne became a Girl Scout in Long Beach, California four weeks after her 7th birthday in 1937. Little did Marguerite know, a long and exciting journey was about to begin. 

    One of the highlights of Marguerite's early scouting days was being a part of her local Mariner troop. The troop took care of a beautiful sailboat when its owner left to fight in World War II. While keeping great care of the boat, they also learned a lot about sailing during weekly trips on the water.

    After high school, Marguerite attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in social work. Missing the Girl Scout life, she began volunteering at the local council. Marguerite led troops, organized parent responsibilities, recruited new leaders and participated in the training processes. Through recognition of her talent and work ethic, she was later offered a job as a staff member of Girl Scouts of Northern California council.

    During the mid 1950's, Marguerite and her family moved to New Orleans, where her husband had been stationed in the Coast Guard. Marguerite was soon introduced to a different way of life that included segregation. Segregation was the law of the land and it greatly affected how Girl Scouting was done. Marguerite was put in charge of training a group of ladies for leading summer day camps and thought nothing of it when she arranged for the participants to meet at a local park. The training was going great until tw...



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  • Troop 3530 Giving a Year of Service to Support Their Community


    Cadette Troop 3530 from Richland, WA is committing to a Year of Service for 2016. Based on their individual interests, each of the seven Girl Scouts have planned an activity that revolves around giving back to the community. "The idea came as we were discussing what we wanted to accomplish during the year," said troop leader, Trina Huntington. "The girls decided it was time for them to give back."

    In addition to creating and executing specialized volunteer-based projects, the girls have also designed a special patch with rockers. The patch reads KIDS, meaning Kids in Direct Service. Anyone who participates in their events receives a patch in exchange for their efforts. 

    To date, Troop 3530 has led the Lenten Soup Supper at their church, created centerpieces for the 2016 Annual Meeting, served as cooks and Program Aides during the Girl Scouts Wacky Sports Camp at Camp Wooten, and filled and distributed Easter eggs for the Knights of Columbus egg hunt. Future activities include aiding 2nd Harvest in their mission to help fight hunger, a day of planting with a group of Daisy Girl Scouts, and caroling with cookies at the local senior center. In addition to their projects, the girls will continue to embark on various volunteer efforts throughout the year including the annual tradition of serving with the Time of Remembrance Veteran program.

    Two of the girls, Alyssa and Anna, have decided to serve beyond...



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  • Dylan Stiegemeier Creates Program, The Theodores, to Promote Conservation


    Dylan Stiegemeier, an avid outdoorsman, wanted to create a movement to preserve land through the elimination of litter. "I wanted to create a group that would beckon to like-minded people as myself," said Stiegemeier. The motivated group known as "The Theodores" has around 200 social media followers and growing. While discussing how the name of the program came about Stiegemeier mentioned, "While at a museum, I was reading about the Big Burn and became more familiar with Theodore Roosevelt's conservation efforts in America. Everyone loves Teddy. I share the same values with him, so I figured who better to represent my program?" 

    The Theodores is a program based off of community outreach through conservation efforts in local outdoor regions. Stiegemeier explained the process as beginning with an individual, group, or in this case a Girl Scout troop. "After they purchase a Theodore flag for five dollars," he said, "they would go on a hike or experience any outdoor activity, bring the flag with them, clean up trash, post the Theodore flag in the region, take a photo of the cleaned outdoor area, and post it to Facebook. They would also 'tag' The Theodores and GSEWNI in their post." The overall goal is to get every state, and eventually every country, to participate in the Theodores movement. Through this effort, we will have a cleaner world and a safer environment for years to come.

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  • Science and Girl Scouts Come Together at Gonzaga University


    On Saturday, April 9, the birds were chirping, the sun was shining, and the science labs were steaming for Gonzaga Science Day! A total of 38 girls in kindergarten through fifth grade in eastern Washington and northern Idaho came to Gonzaga University campus for a day of science fun. Activities included water filtering, egg dropping, and strawberry DNA extractions.

    Lacey Bolin, Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho's STEM and Day Camp Coordinator, had a great time partaking in a vast array of science experiments with the participants. "The girls got to work with active Gonzaga students and had some great role models in the Gonzaga University's Society of Women Engineers," said Bolin. This partnership proved to be beneficial in allowing Girl Scouts to spend time on a college campus, work with college students, and discover just how fun science can be!

    Click here to view more pictures from Gonzaga Science Day.

  • Girl Scout Leader, Monica Preciado, Goes Above and Beyond in Rwanda


    Monica Preciado, a Surgical Technologist for Kootenai Health's Heart Team, has shown what it means to be a Girl Scout in her life's work. Preciado relocated to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in June of 2007. In addition to her career at the medical center, she is also a proud Leader of Cadette Troop 3041 and Manager of Service Unit 443.

    Recently, Preciado went on her second medical mission trip to Kigali, Rwanda with Healing Hearts Northwest, based out of Spokane, Washington. Historically, Rwanda suffered greatly from the genocide of 1994 and is still in the rebuilding process. They have no cardiac surgeons and suffer from a very high rate of Rheumatic Fever, which leads to Rheumatic Heart Disease. The team spent two weeks in Rwanda performing heart surgery at no cost. Without help, most patients are extremely ill and unable to work or attend school because their heart cannot function properly.

    Beyond saving lives in Rwanda, Preciado's team collected items for patients in the unit, orphans and Girl Guides. Preciado and her daughter, Adrianna, made contact with Rwanda Girl Guides while there. Preciado and Adrianna have hopes to set up a Pen Pal program between the two organizations so they can help support them in their efforts to reach out to the girls of Rwanda. Not all girls in Rwanda are able to attend school and lack support for education because of poverty. Rwanda Girl Guides Association is helping them to see that they are capable of anything and that they have a...



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  • Girl Scouts Promote 2016 Cookie Season on KREM2 Morning News


    Friday, March 25 marked the first day of the 2016 Cookie Booth Sale Season. Girl Scouts from Troops 2102 and 5161 were up with the sun and the cast of KREM2 News to share in the excitement of the most anticipated day of the year. 

    When a KREM2 Reporter inquired about the trip the girls were planning, Girl Scout Cadette, Lainy McCabe, quickly responded, "we're going to the Seattle Zoo!" Troop 2102 is working hard to meet their cookie goals so they can use the funds to cover the traveling and lodging expenses for their trip to the west side of the state. Lainy is especially anxious to learn about the interesting animals exhibited at the Woodland Park Zoo. Her favorite animal is a Panda. Though the Woodland Park Zoo doesn't have the well-known giant Pandas that are native to central China, they do home Red Pandas, also known as the "firefox," which are native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.

    If you or your troop has special plans for your Cookie Sale proceeds, we would love to hear about them. Share your goals and stories with us on our GSEWNI Facebook page

    Looking for cookies? Utilize our Cookie Booth Locator! Sales continue until April 17, 2016.

  • Miss Idaho USA Volunteers with Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho


    Sydney Halper, also known as Miss Idaho USA, has made it her mission to be a positive role model and inspiration to our nation's youth. "What better way to accomplish my desire to give back than to work with a non-profit organization, like Girl Scouts?" questioned Sydney. She is excited to start volunteering with Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho in the coming weeks.

    We, too, are excited to have a Girl Scout Alumni return to our organization to help girls grow to be strong, confident leaders. Sydney is proud to have been a Brownie during her childhood and distinctly remembers how much she looked up to and respected each member of her troop. She pleasantly recalls the hard work, dedication and enjoyment that went in to earning each badge. Now, she is ready to become the leader like the one she so fondly looked up to during her youth.

    "Being a Girl Scout allowed me to grow up with a broad range of skills. I learned how to interact with other kids at a young age, how to utilize the resources around me and to work hard for what I want in life." She continued, "these skills have helped me reach my goals today, such as becomingMiss Idaho USA and graduating from the University of Idaho."

    Halper describes herself as a driven individual and attributes her determination to the experiences she gained in Girl Scouts. "I want girls to be able to talk with me, dream with me and grow up to be positive role models...



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  • Bilingual Volunteer Makes a Difference by Assisting in Communication with Spanish-Speaking Community


    Jennifer Balderas has been volunteering with Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho for nearly six years. In addition to being a Troop Leader and Service Unit Sales Manager for Kennewick, Washington, she also lends her talents and giving-heart to help break down the language barriers that can hinder Spanish-speaking families in our local communities from enrolling their girls in Girl Scouts. On December 4, 2015 Balderas represented GSEWNI as a collaborating partner in the seventh annual Viernes Gigante Latino family resource event that aims to increase awareness and utilization of community resources. "I think it's a wonderful event and a great opportunity for parents to be informed of the resources available for their children," said Balderas.

    Aside from lending her time to assist in communication with Spanish-speaking families, Balderas has also inspired and supported her troop members to give back on a continual basis. "I am a firm believer in community service," she remarked. Troop 3519 has volunteered with Meals on Wheels for three consecutive years during Thanksgiving break. Moreover, after tornadoes caused massive destruction in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2011, Balderas and her girls held a yard sale and donated the proceeds to Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. &q...



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  • RoboGirls Advance to Eastern Washington First Lego League State Championship


    Over the span of two weeks, six teams from Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho participated in various First Lego League (FLL) tournaments across our region. Each team performed exceptionally well and made our Girl Scout community proud! Among the many successes, Tri-Cities team MAJeSTy received a Judges Award and team Medical Lake received a Project Presentation Award.

    RoboGirls from Troops 4317 and 4303 are being recognized for their qualification of advancement to the State Championship tournament. JoeAnna, Liliana, Anna, Jaylie, Betty and Maggie make up one of 30 teams who will be competing at the Eastern Washington FLL Championship tournament on January 16, which will take place at Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney.

    This victory has been no simple challenge; it is one due to the dedication, diligence and a lot of hard work. RoboGirls put in countless hours preparing for their qualifying tournament. Since September of 2015, they have been meeting at least twice a week to design 'RIA,' their lego robot. In addition to designing and programming, the team has also prepared an extensive research project that identified an issue as it related to this year's theme - trash. The girls were required to establish a solution to that particular problem and present it to an audience who could benefit it. RoboGirls focused on the negative impact that plastic trash bags have on the environment, identified a more eco-friendly solution and...



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  • Former Delegate Shares Her Perspective as Excitement Builds for the 2016 Annual Meeting


    In nearly four and a half months, GSEWNI's staff, Board members, volunteers and girl members will have the opportunity to gather together as Girl Scouts as we share news, make decisions, celebrate successes, learn from each other and create connections that help us change the world. This unique, yearly gathering is known as our Annual Meeting and this upcoming year it will be held at the Kiwanis building in Kennewick, Washington on Saturday, April 16.

    One of the main purposes of the Annual Meeting is to honor the voice of our membership, which is a guiding principle of Girl Scouts. Council delegates hold an especially important role in this process, having the opportunity to identify and make known issues affecting girls and adult volunteers. A longstanding volunteer and Girl Scout alumna, Dianne MacDuff, always looks forward to our council's Annual Meeting. From the perspective of former delegate Dianne acknowledges, "This meeting is our chance to be involved with the business of the council, interacting with the Board members and sometimes revising council policies."

    Not only do delegates serve as the primary communication link between Girl Scout members, community networks and GSEWNI Board members, they are also provided the invaluable opportunity to influence policy and experience policy-making. Anyone who is a registered member 14 years and older has the opportunity to be an elected representative of GSEWNI, which allows for the gaining of new...



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  • Local Girl Scouts take Europe by Storm


    Nine Girl Scouts from Troop 2472, based out of Spokane Valley, had been planning a big trip since they were in kindergarten. They spent the last two and a half years earning money to cover the expenses of traveling abroad. The troop ended up securing over $40,000, which was enough to fully fund their trip. Some of their money-earning activities included garage sales, the making and selling of Christmas wreaths and, of course, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. During the summer of 2015, all the girls' hard work paid off and they were able to travel to Europe.

    The trip started out with the making of new friendships and the creating of Girl Scout sisterhood bonds. Through EF Tours, Troop 2472 was able to travel with another troop from Kansas (photo attached). During 11 days they were able to tour Ireland, Wales, London, England and Paris. Some of their highlights included participating in city tours, watching 'Wicked' in the Theatre district, traveling the subway system, witnessing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, visiting the Eiffel Tower, cruising by boat on the Seine River, touring Notre Dame, and even getting the opportunity to see the one-and-only Mona Lisa firsthand. Upon reflection of their many adventures the girls concluded that Ireland was their favorite, due to its beauty and character. 

    In addition to unique experiences, the girls also gained an appreciation for other cultures, foods and lifestyles. Each...



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