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Girl Scout membership declines

Natalie Harrison, left, and Jasmine Barnett of Troop 2424 hold a promotional poster for the Girl Scouts in Charlotte, N.C.

NEW YORK – With an assist from Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts of the USA is launching an unorthodox recruitment campaign this week aimed at reversing a long-running decline in participation by girls and adult volunteers.

Instead of placing ads on TV, in newspapers and on billboards, the decentralized campaign will unfold in neighborhood initiatives and on social media as local Girl Scout councils directly target elementary-school girls – even kindergartners – with promises of adventuresome fun.

The first lady is pitching in with a video in which she lauds the contributions of the Girl Scouts and urges adults to find the time to help out. More here.

Were you ever a Girl Scout? How about your daughter/s?

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Saturday’s highlights

A dock sits below the Coyote Rock development Tuesday. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the development were illegal. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

We have a ton of good stories for you in Saturday's Valley Voice, so let's get right to it. The Washington State Court of Appeals recently ruled that the docks at the Coyote Rock development are illegal after a lawsuit filed by the Department of Ecology, but the court didn't examine one of the issues presented by the DOE and the environmental groups that joined the lawsuit.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a great story on students at Summit School, who sent their teacher light-hearted threats in iambic pentameter to convince him to allow them to put on a shortened, clown-based version of "Hamlet." Lisa also reported on vandalism of the sheds at the East Valley community garden. Police quickly arrested the group of teens responsible, but students were left to clean up the mess.

A goup of Girl Scouts has come through in a big way for the town of Millwood. Correspondent Valerie Putnam reported on their successful effort to raise enough money to repair the town's wading pool. The Spokane Valley City Council seems willing to explore contracting with SpokAnimal for animal control services instead of SCRAPS. City staff is still in the information collecting stage.  

Today’s highlights

Girls Scout Cadette Troop 2436 members, from left, Emma Porter, Victoria Harding and Mariah Bechtel ask Argonne Village Yoke’s shopper, Ron Irwin, far right, to buy cookies or donate money to help save Millwood’s wading pool. Irwin bought two boxes of cookies. SR photo/Dan Pelle

It's here. Road construction season is about to begin and in today's Valley Voice there is a map of upcoming projects, plus details on which roads to avoid when. The big three are being impacted this year - Argonne, Sprague and Sullivan.

A local Girl Scout troop is focusing on fundraising efforts to save Millwood's wading pool. Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a story on their efforts. The city wanted to close the pool to save money, but the girls are determined to have the pool repaired instead.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to students from West Valley High School who are entered in a robotics competition. Each team is given bins of parts to build a robot in six weeks that must complete required tasks. Teams from East Valley and Central Valley are also competing.

Loading Up On Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Bailey Zundel, 10, stacks boxes of Girl Scout cookies for Troop 2132 in the back of a moving truck as they pick up their order of 4900 boxes Tuesday. According to Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, Girl Scouts have sold 157,000 boxes of cookies in Yellowstone County, Mont. They will be delivered over the next couple of weeks. Booth sales by troops start this weekend, and continue through the end of April. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

Question: Which kind of Girl Scout cookie is your favorite — Samoas/Caramel deLites, Savannah Smiles, Shout Outs, Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties, Thanks-A-Lot (Animal Treasures or All Abouts), Thank U Berry Much, Thin Mints, or Trefoils?

PParenthood Rumor Hurts Girl Scouts

For decades The Girl Scouts of America has been dedicated to helping young girls learn life skills. But now the organization is having to defending itself against a rumor that they say is disrupting sales of their biggest fund raiser - cookies. The rumor started two years ago and connects the Girl Scouts to Planned Parenthood. The CEO of the Silver Sage Girl Scouts Council, Shelli Rambo Roberson says the rumor has been fueled by social media sites and blogs, and for some reason, it's gaining traction this year/Ty Brennan, KTVB. More here. (Wikipedia photo of a mound of 74 boxes of Girl Scout cookies)

Question: What is your favorite kind of Girl Scout cookie?

S&G: Alleged Peeper Wore A G-String

A man arrested for voyeurism outside a Girl Scouts gathering in Spokane was wearing a red g-string and no pants when a woman spotted him early Sunday, officials say. Martin J. Green, 29, had a “pocketful of condoms” in his untied sweat pants when police arrested him after a brief foot chase near the Girls Scouts office at 1404 N. Ash St., said Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Johnson. Green's g-string, pocketful of condoms and lack of pants “gives me a great cause for concern for our community,” Johnson said today at Green's first court appearance. Assistant Public Defender Mike Elston disagreed. “I fail to see the significance of the allegation of the g-string or the condoms,” Elston said. “The allegation is he looked through a window”/Meghan Cuniff, SR. More here. (Wikipedia photo of a condom)

Question: Who's right re: the G-string & condoms being a cause for concern — the deputy prosecutor or public defender?

Camp Four Echoes facelift

Work continued at Camp Four Echoes near Worley, Idaho, on Monday. The camp is undergoing a $1.2 million upgrade.

Construction of a $1.2 million lodge at Camp Four Echoes, south of Coeur d’Alene, has begun. Pam Lund, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, said crews are trying to make up for time lost to the unusually snowy November. Girl Scouts hopes the 11,500-square-foot camp centerpiece will be ready by July, she said. Read more. Bert Caldwell/SR

Were you ever a Girl/Boy Scout?

UI Senate Rejects Girl Scout Request

The ASUI Senate voted down a bill Wednesday that would have allotted $125 to pay for the Moscow/Pullman Girl Scouts to come to the Idaho Commons and sell cookies. “I love Girl Scout cookies more than anyone else, but we are not a charity,” said Sen. Zach Arama. The senators said they were wary of using student fees to benefit a group unaffiliated with University of Idaho students. “We’re for the students, by the students,” said Sen. Brad Griff. Sen. John Rock spoke out in favor of the bill. “It’s kids, it’s a good cause … you have to be kind of heartless to do that,” he said. The staff of the Idaho Commons does not allow non-profit organizations to table for free in the Commons if they are not affiliated with students. To sell cookies for two days, the troop would have to pay $125 fee. Emmalee Kearney said the troop didn’t have the money/Chava Thomas, UI Argonaut. More here.

Question: Was the UI student Senate acting responsibly when it refused to cover the $125 fee for Girl Scouts to sell cookies on campus? Or was it being shortsighted?