Two-point-seven million strong – that’s the national size of the Girl Scouts, and the Oregon and SW Washington council is part of that puzzle. And just like their sister councils across the country, these girls and volunteers are part of the same mission of making the world a better place.

14,502 girl members and 10,111 adult members volunteered, learned leadership skills and gave back to the community. The Girl Scouts of OSW (GSOSW) council emphasizes helping girls gain familiar with the sciences through STEM programming. Through events like the upcoming Girl Scout Family Takeover at OMSI (Monday, Jan 25 – tickets still available) and participation in a robotics program the council works to expose and interest girls in STEM education.

Via a Digital Media Studio, the council also hosts digital literacy programs. And this year, as part of the much-beloved cookie sale fundraiser, the council is participating in a Digital Cookie program, which allows girls to create an online platform for their sales, and is an effort to help the girls practice ecommerce skills.

This year the Girl Scouts are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award and its equivalents. The award  represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, and it recognizes leadership and service by implementing a lasting, community service project through an  individual “Take Action” plan. Only a fraction of Girl Scouts achieve this award, and this year they’re being honored. The GSOSW will host an awards ceremony, and is currently looking to reconnect with past recipients in the area.

Join in on the celebration if you earned The Golden Eagle of Merit, The Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, First Class or Girl Scout Gold Award – just tell them how you changed the world.