Girl Scouts of Western Washington, North Regional eNewsletter

Girl Scouts of Western Washington

North Regional eNewsletter

Cookie Sale News:

With site sales less than a week away, here is some exciting news about our cookie sale:

  • Our councils’ per girl pre-sale average is already at 176 boxes per girl! (Last year it was 159 per girl.)
  • Over 75,000 boxes of cookies have already been donated to Operation Cookie Drop!
  • The 3rd Annual Girl Scout Cookie Recipe contest is open for voting! Vote today at girlscoutsww.org
  • Congratulations! These girls from our Region who are part of the Top 20 pre-sale girls! Each of them were rewarded with Globetrotter tickets:

o   Laila Singleton, a Daisy from Troop 45055 out of Lake Stevens pre-sold 1145 boxes

o   Victoria Valenti, a Junior from Troop 43601 out of Mill Creek pre-sold 909 boxes

o   Jenna Kortlever, a Cadette from Troop 42048 out of Mukilteo  pre-sold 721 boxes

How Big Is Our Reach?

Last membership year (10/1/12-9/30/2013) 4763 girls were participating in Girl Scouting in the 5 counties that make up the North Region.  We went into this membership year wanting to improve our customer service, pursue strategic partnerships, and reach a more diverse audience. Because of these priorities we hope to end the current membership year having reached 4763 girls, the same number we had last year.

As of 2/21/14 we are currently serving 4137 girls (1015 are new, 3122 are returning).  This is great! – we are at 87% of our goal of serving 4763 girls.  A few membership highlights include:

  • SU 144 Anacortes, SU 150 Central Whidbey and SU 151 South Whidbey are currently serving more girls than they did at the end of the 2013 membership year!
  • Several service units have done an amazing job of retaining girls from 2013 into this membership year.  SU 225 Monroe retained 79% of their girls, SU 223 Snohomish @ 74%, SU 144 Anacortes @ 73%, SU 151 South Whidbey @71% and SU 150 @ 80%!
  • Many service units are close to matching their 2013 membership numbers, including:  SU 111 Ferndale/Blaine, SU 112 Lynden/East Whatcom, SU 142 Mount Vernon, SU 211 Marysville, and SU 225 Monroe

What is next?

We encourage you to engage in conversations within your troop, service unit, community and with your regional staff on:

  • Renewal – how do we keep girls involved in Girl Scouting for next year?
  • How do we engage more volunteers?
  • New Kindergarten Daisy troops are significantly down this year across the region.  What can we do to start new Daisy troops this Spring/Summer?

You all have amazing ideas and know your communities – we want to support new ideas you may have on these or other topics to improve our customer service, reach more girls, and have a bigger impact within our communities.

Looking for NEW Regional Office site

Last Fall we announced that a search is underway for a new site for our regional office that will better meet the needs of both volunteers and staff.  We are continuing to look at new listings and are further investigating the viability of a property in the downtown Everett area as well as a site in Marysville.  Our intent is to find a location that is larger than our current office and includes:  safety, adequate parking, larger and more meeting space, effective work space for the regional staff, and easy access from I-5.    It also must be within our budget and meet our technology needs. We will keep you posted as we learn more.  I welcome your comments or questions – judils@girlscoutsww.org

National Anthem Singers Needed:

The Tilted Thunder Rail Birds are looking for a Girl Scout or a Girl Scout troop to sing the National Anthem at their bout at Comcast Event Center in Everett on April 5. If you or your troop is interested, please contact Rebecca Souther at rsouther@girlscoutsww.org

American Flag Retirement:

The North Office has a limited number of donated American flags that need to be retired. If your troop or Service Unit is interested in holding a flag retirement ceremony, please contact Hilarie Ayers at hayers@girlscoutsww.org If you have or know someone who has a flag that needs to be retired, Hilarie will collect those as well.

Community Events:

Marysville: 3/5/14 Day Trip Planning: Learn how to plan and implement outdoor programs based on age-specific progression, needs, desires and skills of the girls in your troop as well as the administrative steps needed to take an outdoor field trip. This class needs more participants. https://www.girlscoutsww.org/Things-To-Do/Pages/Calendar.aspx

Sumas/Northern Property: 3/15/14: Work Party: Please come and help maintain the camp. This is also a good time to check out the camp for troop camping and community camp location. We will be planting baby trees, removing scotch broom, clean up tree trimmings, sanding tables and other camp needs. Bring your lunch and water. Dress for the weather. Please contact Leah Faber at lyndensu112@yahoogroups.com

Marysville: 3/22/14 Brownie Introduction to Rocketry and Junior Rocket Adventures. Register by March 2. https://www.girlscoutsww.org/Things-To-Do/Pages/Calendar.aspx

Oak Harbor: 3/22/14: Brownie Discover Light and Junior Catapult. Register by March 2. https://www.girlscoutsww.org/Things-To-Do/Pages/Calendar.aspx

Everett: 3/22/14: FREE Engineering Workshop: Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors can enjoy this FREE workshop hosted by the Society of Women Engineers and earn a badge! For more details, contact holly.bork@yahoo.com

Marysville: 3/26/14: Zumba! Enjoy a class taught by one of the area’s leading Zumba instructors. Have some fun, and keep that New Years resolution of being more active and getting in shape for 2014! Hosted by Troop 42050. For more details, contact rlmcdonald72@gmail.com

Camp Robbinswold: 3/28-3/30/14: Outdoor Learning Weekend: This adults-only weekend allows you to choose ONE workshop in addition to enjoying the fun and camaraderie of camp life at one of our most beautiful camps located on the shores of Hood Canal. All workshops last the entire weekend from Friday evening (workshops begin at 4pm for Quantity Cooks and 6:30pm for all others) through Sunday early afternoon. Fee includes lodging, meals, and workshop materials. Financial Assistance is available.   https://www.girlscoutsww.org/current-volunteers/volunteer-learning/Documents/OLW2014brocReg.pdf

Monroe: 3/29/14: Scout Night at Evergreen Speedway: All Girl Scouts and leaders get in free when wearing uniform. Demo derby, Mr. Dizzy stunt, fireworks, train race, stingers, hornets & V8 extreme. For more details, contact Shonda@evergreenspeedway.com

 

Camp River Ranch:4/5/14: Skillettes- Scout Skills Mania: Enjoy the day learning and challenging your knowledge of outdoor skills as your troop is taught about Leave No Trace ethics, knots and lashing, basic first aid, knife safety and how to prepare for a camping trip, all while developing and improving your teambuilding skills. Volunteers are also needed. Please contact Jennifer Dickson at jennifertd@GirlScoutsWW.org

Seattle: 4/5-4/6/14: Girl Scouts After Dark: Join us on an adventure exploring life after dark and earn the Cadette “Night Owl” badge. Cadette Girl Scouts are invited to participate in this exciting career exploration opportunity. The night’s itinerary will be a unique, one-of-a-kind experience! Cadette Girl Scouts may tour a hospital, visit a radio station, stop by a bakery, tour a fire station, and much more! For more information, please contact gsafterdark@girlscoutsww.org

Lynnwood: 4/26/14: Cosmic Bowling: Enjoy an afternoon of bowling and face painting. This event includes a patch. Hosted by Troop 42048. For more information, please contact gs42048@gmail.com

Everett: Discount tickets are available for Girl Scouts for Sesame Street Live shows on May 2, May 3, and May 4. Contact Kelly at 425.322.2629 or visit ComcastArenaEverett.com/promo and use password “GSGROUPC”. Orders must be placed by 4/24/14.

Northern Property: 9/19-9/21/14: Mix It Up: Mix It Up is an international weekend camping event hosted in alternate years by Whatcom County Girl Scouts and Girl Guides – British Columbia. This fall, Mix It Up will be at the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Northern Property and the theme is “Games Through the Years”. Participation is open to Girl Scout Juniors, Girl Scout Cadettes, as well as Canadian Guides and Pathfinders. (Older Girl Scouts and Guides may participate as volunteers).Contact wendycrandall@gmail.com for more details.

Have an event that you’d like to share? Have an exciting success story from your Troop or Service Unit? Please email hayers@girlscoutsww.org with “North Newsletter” in the subject line. If you would like your event’s flier posted in the North Regional office, please include it as a Word document or PDF.

Yours in Scouting,

Elyse Hammerly

Troop Program Manager

Girl Scouts of Western Washington

1331 State Avenue, Suite A

Marysville, WA  98270

360-658-8083 office

Cookies are coming! Everyone’s favorite Girl Scout Cookies will go on sale February 28. Visit GirlScoutsWW.org/Cookies for more details!

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