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Girl Scouts Honor Earth Day with Service Projects Throughout Oregon and SW Washington (Photo) - 04/19/18

Girl Scouts Honor Earth Day with Service Projects Throughout Oregon and SW Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 19, 2018 – This weekend, local Girl Scouts will roll up their sleeves and honor Earth Day by participating in service projects throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“Through Girl Scouting, girls develop a lifelong respect and love for the Earth,” says Karen Hill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington. “Earth Day service projects, camping and other outdoor adventures with Girl Scouts help girls understand their relationship to the Earth, and the vital role they have in caring for it and conserving it for future generations.”

BEAVERTON, OR—Parks and Trails Preparation

Troop 40110 will help to inspect parks and trails throughout the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District in order to identify areas that need attention before the summer season. Girl Scouts will also complete trash pickup during their inspections.

CLACKAMAS, OR—Cemetery Clean-Up

Girl Scout Service Unit 11 (Milwaukie, Clackamas and Gladstone, Oregon) will join SOLVE for Weekend Cemetery Clean Up at Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery in Clackamas, OR. Clean up will include debris, tree branches and blackberry removal and mulch spreading.

KLAMATH FALLS, OR—Clean-Up along the OC & E Woods Line State Trail

Girl Scout Service Unit 65 (Klamath, Lake and Harney counties) will join SOLVE, along with other community organizations, to do litter clean-up along the OC & E Woods Line State Trail in Klamath Falls. Girl Scouts will focus on the portion of the trail that spans from Washburn to Altamont.

SHERWOOD, OR—Garden Preparation and Spring Nature Mandala

Together with the Sherwood Rotary Club, members of Girl Scout Troop 45496 prepared and weeded the garden at the Our Table Cooperative. At 9 a.m. on the morning of April 22 (prior to an Earth Day Celebration), girls from Troop 45496 will create a spring nature mandala around the peace pole at Our Table Cooperative. Mandala-making is an ancient art form—traditionally, mandalas are bright and vibrant mosaics representing the universe, made from colored sand or rice. Nature mandalas, like those made by Troop 45496 will be made from found items including leaves, pine cones, shells, stones and flowers from the Girl Scouts’ own gardens. The Earth Day celebration at Our Table Cooperative takes place on April 22, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

UMATILLA, OR and PASCO, WAImproving Habitat at McNary National Wildlife Refuge

On April 21, Girl Scouts from Service Unit 22 (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla and Wheeler counties in OR) will work with the Army Corps of Engineers to clean-up a local pond in West Park, part of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge in the Columbia Basin, minutes from the Tri-Cities of Washington (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, WA). Local Girl Scouts—from the Pendleton and Hermiston areas of Oregon—will plant Coyote Willows and Cottonwood trees, remove invasive Russian Olive trees, and help make the wildlife area more habitable for the many species of animals that live there. In addition, they will remove debris and rubbish around the wildlife park. Afterwards, the girls will get to travel to the Bechtel National Planetarium, at Columbia Basin College, in Pasco, WA, to hear a special presentation about the life of trees.

STEVENSON, WA—Camp Arrowhead 70th Anniversary, Tree-Plantings and Trail Restoration

More than 80 Girl Scouts and their family members and friends will commemorate Earth Day and celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Camp Arrowhead, located in Stevenson, Washington—in the Columbia River Gorge area—with tree-plantings and trail restoration on April 21-22, 2018. Attendees are traveling from Englewood, CO; Boardman, OR; the Portland/Willamette Valley area; Westchester, CA; Seattle, WA; and Irrigon, OR to attend the celebration. Three trees—a Douglas Fir, a Mountain Hemlock and a Western Red Cedar—will be planted at Camp Arrowhead to help commemorate Earth Day as well as celebrate 70 years of outdoor skill-building, friendships and appreciation for nature.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING

To learn more about GSOSW’s local outdoor programming, please visit: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/camps/explore_our-camps.html. Additional information about outdoor programming in Girl Scouts, including 34 outdoor skill-building badges, can be found at: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/our-program/our-program/outdoors.html.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON | GSOSW

Our council serves 13,955 girls in 38 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they: Develop a strong sense of self; Display positive values; Seek challenges and learn from setbacks; Form and maintain healthy relationships; Identify and solve problems in the community. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

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Camp Arrowhead Celebrates 70 Years
Camp Arrowhead Celebrates 70 Years
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Commemorate Earth Day and Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Camp Arrowhead, April 21-22, 2018 (Photo) - 04/17/18

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Commemorate Earth Day and Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Camp Arrowhead, April 21-22, 2018 (Photos and PDFs Attached)

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 18, 2018 – Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) will commemorate Earth Day and celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Camp Arrowhead, located in Stevenson, Washington—in the Columbia River Gorge area—with tree-plantings and trail restoration on April 21-22, 2018.

Three trees—a Douglas Fir, a Mountain Hemlock and a Western Red Cedar—will be planted at Camp Arrowhead to help commemorate Earth Day as well as celebrate 70 years of outdoor skill-building, friendships and appreciation for nature. There will be a special dedication of one of the trees to a longtime GSOSW volunteer and special friend of Camp Arrowhead.

“Thousands and thousands of girls have built outdoor skills and made memories here,” says Allie Roberts, Outdoor Program Manager for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Whether a girl attended camp for one summer or came back year after year, her time on this mountain had an impact. She learned to care for the environment here. She made lifelong friends here. She discovered her own strengths and leadership potential here. Those lessons last.”

That lasting impact will continue this summer, when more than 340 Girl Scouts will experience archery, climbing, canoeing, white water rafting, llama trekking, hikes up Dog Mountain and other outdoor adventures.

ARROWHEAD SPRING 2018 FAMILY/TROOP WORK PARTY—April 21, 2018  [Registration is now closed.]
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, more than 100 volunteers will help prepare Camp Arrowhead for the summer camp season. Activities will include cleaning, installing furniture, sweeping and more.

“More than 100 volunteers--Girl Scouts and their family members and friends--will work together to help prepare Camp Arrowhead for the Summer camp season,” says Eileen Skidmore, Volunteer with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “This is a special place for many of us – 3 generations of my family have camped at Arrowhead and we love working to help preserve it.”

[Registration is now closed.]

CAMP ARROWHEAD 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION—April 22, 2018  [Registration is now closed.]

WHO:          80+ community members, camp alumni, camp staff alumni, Girl Scouts and their family members and friends.

WHAT:        An event to commemorate Earth Day and celebrate the Camp Arrowhead 70th Anniversary, featuring slide shows, camp sing-alongs, tree-plantings and trail restoration as well as activities such as rock-climbing, archery, canoeing and hiking.

FOOD:       Sandwiches, salads, chips and refreshments will be provided and there will be cake for the celebration.

WHEN:      Sunday, April 22, 2018 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:   Camp Arrowhead, Stevenson, WA 97648

[Registration is now closed.]

INTERESTED MEDIA—PLEASE R.S.V.P.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s Director of Program, Sarah Brown, and Outdoor Program Manager, Allie Roberts, as well as Girl Scouts, Girl Scout alumna and volunteers, will be available on-site for media interviews at Camp Arrowhead on the day of the events (April 21-22, 2018).

** Interested media should R.S.V.P. in advance by emailing communications@girlscoutsosw.org.**

ABOUT CAMP ARROWHEAD
Camp Arrowhead, located in Stevenson, Washington, is open to all girls entering grades 1-12, no camping or Girl Scout experience required. Programs range from classic camp (swimming, campfires and cookouts) to specialty programs in water sports, hiking and trekking. Families can visit www.girlscoutsosw.org/camp to see available programs or sign up. Financial assistance is available.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING

To learn more about GSOSW’s outdoor programming, please visit: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/camps/explore_our-camps/camp_arrowhead.html

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON | GSOSW

Our council serves 13,955 girls in 38 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they: Develop a strong sense of self; Display positive values; Seek challenges and learn from setbacks; Form and maintain healthy relationships; Identify and solve problems in the community. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

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STEM Month Enginnering and Robotics GSOSW
STEM Month Enginnering and Robotics GSOSW
April is STEM Month with Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington, Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union (Photo) - 04/03/18

APRIL IS STEM MONTH WITH GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SW WASHINGTON,

SPONSORED BY FIRST TECH FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

 

Signature STEM Event Spotlight: OMSI Family Night, April 23,

Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and Epping Family Foundation

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 3, 2018 – Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) kicks off science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Month in April. STEM Month is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and features more than 20 STEM activities and interactive workshops featuring:

 

  • Astronomy
  • Building Robotics
  • Computer Programming
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Ecosystems
  • Engineering
  • Habitat
  • Math
  • Ocean Conservation
  • Science
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Wildlife
  • Women Aviators
  • Women Engineers

 

“First Tech and the Girl Scouts share a passion for inspiring and empowering the next generation of leaders through science, technology, engineering, and math programs,” says Nicole Frisch, Community Engagement Director for First Tech Federal Credit Union. “We’re thrilled to support the Girl Scouts in building strong foundations for young women and their futures, to fuel the future of our communities.”

 

On April 23, Girl Scouts—as well as their family members and friend guests—have the opportunity to enjoy a signature STEM event: OMSI Family Science Night. Attendees can explore popular exhibit halls, visit the physics and life science labs and see OMSI's featured exhibit, Robot Revolution.

 

“What makes OMSI Family Science Night a special experience for Girl Scouts is that girls have an opportunity to interact with and learn about a variety STEM careers,” says Shannon Joseph, STEM Specialist for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Girls will have a chance to work on skill-building badges throughout the exhibits, ranging in topics from water chemistry to animal behavior to robotics. While they’re having a great time, they're also getting a chance to see a future for themselves in these exciting and far-reaching fields.”

 

The event also offers attendees opportunities to connect with OMSI Science Communication Fellows, discover competitive robotics teams with the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program and star-gaze with members of Rose City Astronomers.

 

OMSI Family Science Night is generously sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and the Epping Family Foundation. “We understand that girls are seriously underrepresented in the Science, Technology and Engineering fields, partly because they lack role models and mentors in those areas,” says Shawn Epping Engelberg, Trustee, Epping Family Foundation. “We commend the way the Girl Scouts introduces and inspires girls into these fields, and we believe the Girl Scout programs will help develop successful women working in impact fields.”

 

ABOUT OMSI FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT

WHO: Hundreds of Girl Scouts of all ages, their family members and friends; Troop Leaders | Volunteers; Staff

 

WHAT: Third Annual Oregon Museum of Science and Industry-OMSI Family Science Night with Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington; Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and Epping Family Foundation

 

WHEN: Monday, April 23, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m.

 

WHERE: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry–OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, Ore. 97214

 

REGISTRATION: Community event open to registered Girl Scouts, their family members and friends. All attendees must register for this event. Please visit: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/sf-events-repository/2018/oregon-museum-of-science-and-industry--omsi--family-science-nigh.html

 

PARKING: There is limited parking at the facility and street parking nearby. Parking cost is included in admission. Carpooling is encouraged.

 

QUESTIONS? Please email activities@girlscoutsosw.org.

 

INTERESTED MEDIA—PLEASE R.S.V.P.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe; Program Manager, Lisa Gilham-Luginbill; and STEM Program Specialist, Shannon Joseph; as well as Girl Scouts, will be available on-site for media interviews at OMSI Family Science Night.

 

Interested media should R.S.V.P. to communications@girlscoutsosw.org.

 

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS COMMITMENT TO STEM PROGRAMMING

To learn more about GSOSW’s STEM programming, please see: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/our-council/news/2018/explore_science_tech.html

 

Girl Scouts of the USA’s STEM Pledge is a multiyear initiative to put 2.5 million girls through progressive hands-on STEM programs by 2025. Donate at: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/adults/donate/STEM-pledge.html.

 

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON | GSOSW

Our council serves 13,955 girls in 38 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting, including the Girl Scout Cookie Program, develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

 

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GirlFest 2018
GirlFest 2018
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Set to Facilitate Adventure, Dynamic Learning, Engagement and Fun for Thousands of Girls at GirlFest 2018 (Photo) - 03/23/18

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Set to Facilitate Adventure, Dynamic Learning, Engagement and Fun for Thousands of Girls at GirlFest 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. -- March 23, 2018 -- Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) invites all girls, their friends and family to participate in GirlFest 2018, a day of hundreds of hands-on activities, stage performances and free workshops, at the Portland Expo Center tomorrow, Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHO: Approximately two thousand girls of all ages, their family and friends

WHAT: This expo-style event features 50+ hands-on booths in topics like STEM, financial literacy, sports, the arts, outdoor adventure and more. There is a live entertainment stage featuring Ballet Folklorico, Mad Science, Northwest Children's Theater, Wildlife Safari and more. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (girls grades 6-12) can learn and lead at the Teen Conference, focusing on sustainable development through hands-on projects and an interactive expert panel.

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

COST: All attendees ages 5 and up must purchase a ticket. The pre-order period has ended. Tickets are available at the door for $16. Children ages 4 and under are free.
Where: Portland Expo Center, Hall D, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217, https://www.expocenter.org/maps-and-directions

PARKING: Parking is available in the main lot at the cost of $8 per space, per entry, without in and out privileges. Carpools of three or more people are only $7. Carpooling is encouraged.

ON-SITE INTERVIEWS: Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington's Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe, and Program Manager, Lisa Gilham-Luginbill, as well as Girl Scouts, will be available on-site for media interviews.

INTERESTED MEDIA: Interested media should R.S.V.P. to sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

"One thing that makes GirlFest a special experience for Girl Scouts is that they get opportunities to interact with and learn from professional women in a wide variety of fields," says Lisa Gilham-Luginbill, Program Manager for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. "They can build something with a carpenter, interact with first responders, learn how to measure the wood in a tree with a forester, talk with women in technology and practice a new dance with a professional dancer. Beyond having fun, they're connecting one-on-one and getting inspired about all of the possibilities in their future."

NEW This Year!

Camp Zone--all things camping and outdoors! Brand new this year, Camp Zone will feature:

* Carpentry, with the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters
* Identifying Birds, Forest Plants and Wildlife
* Leave No Trace Camping, with the U.S. Forest Service
* Rowing--Canoeing and kayaking

American Medical Response--participants will get an up close look at the workings of a real ambulance and have an opportunity to interact with first responders.

Oregon Mermaids--talking about their conservation program. Participants can try on a mermaid tail, hear about upcoming workshops and meet an Oregon Mermaid.

ABOUT GIRLFEST 2018
For more information about GirlFest 2018, please visit girlscoutsosw.org/girlfest

QUESTIONS? Please see the GirlFest 2018 FAQs at: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/content/dam/oregon-sw-washington-/forms/GirlFest-2018_FAQs.pdf

More questions? Email activities@girlscoutsosw.org

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
Our council serves 13,955 girls in 37 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting, including the Girl Scout Cookie Program, develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

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Media Contact:

Sarah Shipe, Director of Communications
(503) 977-6861 | 503-930-5275, Cell | sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

INTERESTED MEDIA: Interested media should R.S.V.P. to sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org