Updated  2/28/23

march 2023

Our Service Unit needs YOU! 

If you're interested in helping with any SU roles (check out the Meet the Team page for more options), please contact Ezri at enoe@girlscoutsww.com.

local service opportunities

Write letters to Anacortes seniors in the Meals on Wheels program!For more information about this National Service Project, click HERELetters are being coordinated through Troop 41804 Leader, Cherie Goyer.

March 4th @ 9am-12pm

Join us at Heart Lake at 9:00 am for our late-winter work party with the Anacortes Park and Recreation department! Tools will be provided but please bring gloves, water, and snacks for yourself. We expect the work party to go until about noon.

Raspberry Rally SOLD OUT, February 27, 2023

Hello Girl Scout Cookie Sellers,    

We’re writing with an update regarding the availability of Raspberry Rally here in western Washington. 

As a part of GSUSA’s Raspberry Rally online-only test strategy, each council was allocated a specific amount of Raspberry Rally packages for the 2023 cookie season. As of this morning, over 50% of Little Brownie Baker councils have already sold through their allotment, additionally ABC Bakers councils have already sold out.  

Girl Scouts of Western Washington has now also reached their limit and has turned off this specific variety for the rest of the selling season. While no one expected how eager customers would be for the new flavor, all councils were aware of the volume limitations in this trial year. 

On a positive note, our shipping discount continues through Thursday, March 2, which offers $6 off shipping fees for orders of 9 or more shipped packages of cookies. 

We apologize for the unexpected short sales window for your Girl Scouts’ customers and customers nationwide. 

Your Product Program Team –

Alex, Christa, Laurel, Linda, Mecca and Trina

Cookie Shortage Update, February 24, 2023

Greetings Girl Scout Families, 

Cookie sellers throughout our council are doing an amazing job this season!

As we all prepare for booth sales next weekend and the opening of Digital Cookie’s shipping options, we have received word from our cookie manufacturer Little Brownie Bakers about supply issues.

Despite everything they have done to proactively manage their supply distribution and staffing challenges, we have just learned that there will be impact to the cookie varieties available for shipped orders.

When Digital Cookie opens the shipping option on Monday, February 27th, Samoas and Toffee-tastic will not be available for any Little Brownie Bakers council nationally.

A bit of hope is that Little Brownie reports that Samoas may return before the end of the sale AND both varieties remain available for in-person orders.

We apologize for the impact to your sellers and their customers and are hoping to have more information from Little Brownie Bakers next week.

As always, we are here with you, at the distribution centers, out in the community and on the other end of the phone.

Your Girl Scouts of Western Washington Product Program Team – 

Alex, Christa, Laurel, Linda, Mecca, and Trina

Discounted Theater Tickets for Girl Scouts
for more info visit www.gstheatre.com

Ongoing Discounts
5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle
Ongoing Discounts
Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle
Ongoing Discounts
Paramount, Moore, & Neptune Theatres

Events & Badge Opportunities

Feb-Mar 2023

The Great Cascadia Zombie Survival Challenge: COVID-19 will give her the tools to be prepared, not scared, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The original survival challenge requirements are also available. 

March 1st

Do you have questions about working on your Highest Awards project? Are you a parent or leader with questions about how to support the process? Join us for this FREE, casual call-in to ask Girl Scout staff questions about the process and projects. Register to receive the Zoom call-in information.

March 1st

Girl Scouts of Western Washington are embracing the traditions of the historic Wing Scouts and renewing the organization's focus on aviation. Join us to learn all about wind, and earn your Daisy "Go Fly a Kite" badge!

March 2nd

Ever wonder what goes into making your favorite animated films? Step into the shoes of an animator with this Claymation Workshop! We'll jumpstart your introduction to Claymation by teaching you how to make your own clay from scratch, write your own storyboard, create your clay character, and learn the basics of filming with this virtual course!

March 4th

What's it like to be in the aviation industry? What else is there aside from being a pilot? Girl Scouts ages 12-18 are invited to join Everett Community College for a day filled with dynamic female speakers from different parts of the aviation industry and hands-on activities like flying drones, bending metal, and seeing airplanes up close! Lunch will be provided for participants. You will receive a confirmation email after the deadline with further details about attending this partner event.

March 5th

Navigating relationships is one of the biggest challenges Girl Scout Cadettes face. This 4-day virtual aMAZE Journey workshop series will supply your Girl Scout with tools to strengthen friendships, resist peer pressure and resolve conflicts. By the end of our Amaze workshop series, each Cadette will have a well-developed plan for a Take-Action Project (to be carried out on their own time after the series ends).  Your Girl Scout will also leave equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to prepare them to create a strong Silver Award Take Action Project.

March 8th

Are you ready to change the world? Learn about the Take Action process and Silver Award requirements, and begin exploring project ideas.
Participation is strongly encouraged before starting the Silver Award.
This is a virtual workshop for Cadettes in the Girl Scouts of Western Washington council only.

March 17th

Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts can earn their Coding for Good Coding Basics Badge 1 at iCode Bellevue! Join us from 4 pm - 6:30 pm on March 17th. During this introductory class, students explore topics such as loops, conditionals, sequencing, and events. This 2.5-hour coding session will also cover computer history and Ada Lovelace, the world's first programmer. Girl Scouts will use the block-based coding language, scratch to create their own customizable game during this class.

March 18th

Are you looking at the chance to go outdoors to camp one last time before the outdoor units close for the year? This work party will help put away mattresses and cooking equipment. The work party will start Saturday by meeting up at 10:00 AM. The day will wind down around 4:00 pm. 

March 18th

Are you looking for a chance to get outdoors to camp? This work party will help set up and prepare the outdoor sleeping and cooking units. The day will start by meeting up at 10:00 am at the Ranch House for coffee and introductions before heading out in teams to start projects. The day will wrap up at 4:00 pm leaving from the Ranch House. Lunch will be provided!

March 19th

Run/walk first, followed by a pancake from The Sisters Restaurant (support local restaurants).
What you get:
RaceMedalOne Pancake courtesy of The Sisters RestaurantFree race photos & results!Additional race swag at the raceA portion of the proceeds benefits the charity of the month: TBDCost: $28-43Use code: GSWW23 for $15 off any of our races

March 19th

In this workshop, you’ll learn how your Girl Scout experience can make you a stronger candidate for college and inform your college search. We’ll discuss what colleges are looking for and how to develop your qualifications, as well as how to identify schools that will be a great fit. Participants will also receive a timeline for preparation and applications, including standardized testing and financial aid. By the end of the event, you will be well-prepared to complete the Financing My Future badge as well as Steps 1, 2, and 3 of the College Knowledge badge.

March 22nd

Brownies, are you ready to become engineers? Learn how to make your own plane and watch it soar! Come join us on Zoom for a fun, interactive event where we will be building our own Fling Fliers and learning how actual airplanes manage to fly such long distances. 

March 24th-26th

Junior Skills Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate your outdoor skills progression with Volunteer Outdoor Experts! 
After all this time indoors, we are all a little rusty, and look forward to meeting Girl Scouts right where they are in a positive, fun, and experiential learning environment.
The competition aspect is mostly Girl Scouts competing against themselves -- how can I grow, how can WE grow as a team, how can I grow my leadership -- and celebrating our successes! Awards are given for all, as well as First, Second, and Third Place. 
Points are given for confidence in skill demonstration in the areas of Knots, Lashing, Outdoor Cooking & Sanitation, Fire Building, First Aid, Leave No Trace, General Camping & Clean Up, and Team Work. 

March 25th

Find out how to plan a trip including deciding where to go, what to do each day, and how to stay safe. Learn why it’s important to find out about the culture you will be visiting and lots of hints to make your trip more enjoyable. We recommend taking this workshop at least 18 months before anticipated travel.

March 25th

Are you looking at the chance to go outdoors to camp one last time before the outdoor units close for the year? This work party will help put away mattresses and cooking equipment. The work party will start Saturday by meeting up at 10:00 AM. The day will wind down around 4:00 pm. 

March 26th

Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts are invited to join VicTreeFi and a group of collegiate athletes to earn sports-related badges. Junior Girl Scouts will earn the Staying Fit badge and Cadette Girl Scouts will earn the Good Sportsmanship badge.
During the workshop, Girl Scouts will meet Isabella McCullough (a lacrosse player from Longwood University), Natalia Bowles (a soccer player from Azusa Pacific University), Owen Meister (a football player from Lincoln University), and Dior Nicholson (a thrower from Grambling State University). Girl Scouts will first interview the athlete panel about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. Then athletes will lead Girl Scouts in warmups and cooldowns to properly prepare for athletics. Additionally, two female members of VicTreeFi’s team will lead the workshop.

March 29th

Come fly away with us at the Museum of Flight and earn your Junior Aviation badge. Meet with Aviation experts from The Museum of Flight and do experiments involving the four forces of flight and learn all about what makes airplanes so unique. 

Anytime GSWW & Non-Council Badge & Patch Programs

Click HERE to see all the self paced badge and patch programs we can find!

save the date!

Camp Towhee Work Party

April 1st

There is always lot to do after winter to get a camp ready for the camping season. At Camp Towhee there is something for all ages. We need to plant baby trees, spread wood chips, pick up sticks, cut grass, add gravel to the campsite, repair the fairy place, trim brushes along the camp road, and roof the old wood shed. Come for part of the day or come for all of the day. This is a great way to see your local camp.When: April 1.2023Where: Camp TowheeTime: 10 am to 5 pmWho: Troops and/or their parents, scout families, and scout individualsThere will be camping available for 30 people who are working to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday night for free. They will need to bring their own camping equipment and food. (All Scout rules apply)

April 1st

Animals lovers wanted!
Did you know, running and walking with your dog is good for you and good for your dog?
“Running conditions a dog’s heart and muscles, similar to us,” says Jessica Waldman, D.V.M., a veterinarian, canine rehabilitation therapist, and medical director at California Animal Rehabilitation. “It also encourages a good, active range of motion and mobility in their joints.” Many Arthritis Foundation events welcome dogs for exactly that reason, noting that dogs get arthritis, too.
Friendly dogs are welcomed but must be on a leash at all times. Please pick up after your pet.
More of a "cat person" - we would love to have you join us (wear your favorite cat shirt) and support the Everett Animal Shelter.
What you get:
RaceMedalShirt (must register and purchase by 03/02/2023. Shirts are not included.)Ticket (cookie dough)Free race photos & results!Additional race swag at the raceA portion of the proceeds benefits the Everett Animal Shelter

April 3rd - 7th

Love Me for Me Spring Break Camp is offering cool innovative activities for girl scouts allowing them to grow through mentoring, social interaction, and education. We have sewing, drawing and painting, STEM projects, and an encouraging program on bullying, called "Speak UP".This camp will offer the following badge programs:
Daisies Good Neighbor and Outdoor Art MakerBrownies  My Best Self and PaintingJuniors Drawing and Social Butterfly
Cost: $225 (All Day, 6 am - 6 pm) / $165 (Camp Hours 10 am - 3 pm)

April 6th

Grow with Girl Scouts at the Skagit Tulip Festival! Thursday, April 6th at 6pm at Tulip Town!
Incoming Kindergarteners & family: You're invited for tulip themed fun! Girl Scout “Daisies” learn to be courageous and strong with their Tulip badge. With friends from Girl Scouts by your side, everything feels just a little more possible! Plant seeds of courage & strength with us today and watch as they grow and blossom into super powers! Become a Girl Scout and open your world to a lifetime of courage, confidence, and character.
You're invited for Pre-K friendly tulip themed fun!All prospective Girl Scouts & families are welcome. For more information, contact Shoshana Bass at sbass@gsww.org

Save the date for this celebration of women leaders!

Over 50% of women CEOs and executives are Girl Scout alums—learn how they built their confidence and leadership skills through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Come network with local leaders at the Sheraton Grand Seattle and engage with a panel of extraordinary women in leadership positions. Beverages and heavy appetizers will be provided.

Panel: Courage, Confidence, and Character in Action

Hear how local women are leading their industries and communities with courage, confidence, and character—three core values of Girl Scouting.

July 7-24

GSUSA DESTINATIONHosted by Girl Scouts Western Washington
Experience the many facets of Thailand through service work and by exploring Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Cha-am Beach, an elephant sanctuary, and a floating market.
About the Trip: You’ll spend two days in Seattle, Washington, getting to know your travel group and visiting Seattle landmarks before flying to Bangkok to start your Thai adventure. This trip through Thailand is service meets sightseeing meets seriously beautiful temples. Who Should Apply? Age: Girl Scouts entering grades 10–12 or those who will have just graduated 12th grade in summer 2023Interests: Environmental science, wilderness conservation Requirements: Teamwork, ability to be outside and walk for extended periodsEquipment: PassportIgnite Your Passion! This trip is great for Girl Scouts who are interested in environmental and wilderness conservation for a Take Action project. Apply Today!

Mountain Shadows Twilight Camp

July 10-13, 2023 @ Marysville

Registration is OPEN!

volunteer corner

March SU144 Meeting

March 8th - VIRTUAL (link coming soon) RSVP HERE
Join us to chat about GSWW Council updates on programming and current Anacortes/La Conner events and news. Please make sure to have a representative for your troop there. Thank you! 
Please feel free to bring any materials (badges, patches, books, etc.) that your scouts may have aged out of and you're looking to pass on to other troops! 
**Our meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6pm.**

Share your feedback about Service Unit meetings! I want these to be a useful resource of your time. To improve our meetings moving forward, I need your input. - EzriSU Meeting Feedback Form - click HERE 
It's time for the annual update to your troop informationOne troop leader from each troop should click HERE to complete it today! 
Council Updates - March 2023 .pdf

Spring Encamporee Troop Information

URGENT - Complete ASAP
We are getting an estimated headcount for Encamporee first so we can decide if we need to cancel any site reservations. Once we have a headcount, cost estimates will be provided. We still need a couple of volunteers to help lead and facilitate the activities Melanie has planned for Encamporee! Please send an email to enoe@girlscoutsww.org if you are interested in volunteering.
Spring Encamporee Interest Form - click HERE - Please have one troop volunteer from each troop complete this short form ASAP.

March 24th
Join us for the 61st annual Outdoor Weekend of Learning at Camp Robbinswold! This adults-only weekend allows you to participate in a learning workshop in addition to enjoying the fun and camaraderie of camp life at one of our most beautiful camps located on the shores of the Hood Canal.

April 1

This training takes you through the planning process to safely take Girl Scouts on a trip. Learn about the required paperwork, itinerary planning, culture, risk management, and how to craft a group agreement. Connect with the Travel Support Team for further support, mentoring, and resources. We recommend taking this workshop at least 18 months before anticipated travel.

Northern WAVE is thrilled to empower the revitalization of Campus Girl Scouts in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. 
At this time, we are starting with collecting and connecting interested Adult Girl Scouts attending one of the many college campuses. 
An official GSUSA Program, Northern WAVE is hoping to empower and support College-Age Girl Scouts as Mentors. 
We understand that today's College Student has many challenges -- changing course loads, tight finances, often times without a car or easy transportation, OH -- AND!!  a pandemic! As Mentors, we'd like to help provide transportation, communication, and invitations to fun things Girl Scouts are doing around town, so that College Students are supported in the ways they need it most.  
Girl Scouts ages 18-29 provide younger Girl Scouts an excellent role model, are closer to remembering what it is like to be that age, and know what it's like to be a young person today. Truthfully, these Young Adult Leaders are inspiring just by being themselves! 

If you've thought of becoming an American Red Cross instructor we are offering an FA/CPR/AED instructor course in Skagit Co.  After completion/certification you can bridge online for free to teach babysitting, WFRA, blood borne pathogens.Open to anyone 16+ years must already have a current FA/CPR/AED certification.GSWW is an AP/LTP partner with American Red Cross and you'd have the option of offering Red Cross Classes with/for GSWW.

Mt Vernon/BurlingtonMarch 18
BellinghamMarch 8, 28

Outdoor Overnight Workshops

Required to take youth members on an adventure sleeping outdoors, cooking outdoors, or lasting two or more nights. 

Outdoor Overnight is a hands-on outdoor learning workshop to prepare adult volunteers to help their Girl Scouts plan for a weekend camping experience. You will learn basic outdoor living skills, like how to use propane stoves, make food in a camping environment, tie basic knots, teach knife skills, and build campfires. You'll experience sleeping outdoors and learn how to stay warm overnight. You'll gain information on each of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington properties and their special features and unique locations.
Outdoor Overnight participants will stay in open-air cabins and cook Saturday dinner & Sunday breakfast outdoors (food provided). Participants should bring their own sack lunch for Saturday and individual snacks.

April 22nd

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June 24th

July 22nd


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Girl Scouts in Anacortes & La Conner, email su144cookiemom@gmail.com.