Senior Troop 1431 from Arlington, VA ready for zip lining at Council event near Harper's Ferry. Photo by Ellen Smythe.CapiTalk News

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Congressional Women's Softball Game Girl Scouts at the Congressional Women's Softball Game

Girl Scouts from Service Unit 52-7 performed as the Color Guard at the Congressional Women's Softball Game in June. The women of congress took on the women of the press in a game benefiting a wonderful organization helping to promote breast cancer awareness.  The team captains took some time out after warm-ups to take a picture with the girls. Submitted by Stephanie Talcott.

Troop 2618 receives Silver Awards Troop 2618 Gets Silver!

Eight girls from Troop 2618 in Burke, VA, earned their Silver Award this year.  One worked individually to create a program to help victims of domestic abuse by putting together comfort and care bags for the children and women affected, benefitting the Duffy House of Burke, Virginia. Seven worked centers at camp Primavera benefiting local underprivileged children. Submitted by Stephanie Talcott.

Troop 2064 on the Beach Enjoying Savannah

Troop 2064 went to Savannah for their end of the year trip.  Sixteen scouts and fourteen parents spent four days and three nights participating in several Girl Scout activities which included a full day at The Birthplace. The trip was a great mix of education and fun. After completing a marine science program at the Tybee Beach Marine Science Center, the girls paused for a photograph on the beach.   It was a great way to end the scout year. Submitted by Lori Huff-Herald

Troop 6202's Whirlwind Weekend in NYC A Whirlwind Weekend in NYC!

Troop 6202's took a year end trip to New york City.  The trip included a sightseeing cruise with lunch, a visit to GSUSA Headquarters/Museum, a lively session with CEO Anna Maria Chavez, a Broadway Workshop, and a matinee performance of Matilda.  they concluded their visit with dinner and fun at Dave & Busters Time Square. Submitted by Dewanna Knight.

Cadette Troop 6730 Cadette Troop 6730 Seizes the Day!

Cadette Troop 6730 earned a trip to New York City with proceeds from their cookie sale and other fundraisers.  The trip was amazing.  From the top of Rockefeller Plaza the troop could see all of Manhattan and they enjoyed an NBC Studio tour and a visit to the historic Central Synagogue.  The next day, the troop put on their dancing shoes and learned to "Seize the Day," a song and dance number from the the hit musical, Newsies!  After enjoying Sony Wonder Technology Lab and the Central Park Zoo, the troop saw Newsies and appreciated the actors' rendition of the song and dance they learned earlier in the day.  The final day in NYC was spent in the Lower East Side, touring the Tenement Museum and appreciating foods from the cultures that influenced the Lower East Side.  It was an amazing trip and much fun was had by all. Submitted by Josephine Aiello LeBeau.

Calvert County Teen Awards Calvert County Teen Awards

Calvert County recognized their teen girls as they honored the Girl Scouts who earn their Silver, Silver Trefoil, Gold Award and graduating Seniors. Congratulations Calvert County Girl Scouts! Submitted by Stephany Smith.

Members of Troop 1273 Volunteering at the Kids Corner Volunteering at Tubular Sclerosis Alliance Walk

Members of Troop 1273 volunteered to run the kids tent at the Tubular Sclerosis Alliance Walk on the National Mall.  They helped kids make posters, get face painted and even spray painted a few heads blue. Submitted by Jennifer Manguera.

Service Unit 11-10 Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony Bridging at Every Girl Scout Level

Calvert County Service Unit 11-10 held a multi-bridging ceremony at Anne Marie Gardens.  They were able to bridge every level of girls scouts (Daisy to Brownie; Brownie to Jr.; Jr to Cadette; Cadette to Senior; Senior to Ambassador and Ambassador to Adult). Submitted by Stephany Smith.

Troop 2249 at Silver Awards Ceremony Silver Award Congratulations to the Cadettes in Troop 2249

Fairfax Troop 2249 recently held their Awards Ceremony celebrating all the girls in the troop who have earned their Cadette Silver Award. "The hardest thing I have ever done" commented a few.

Troop 5089 at Hershey Park End-of-the-Year Trip to Hershey Park

Troop# 5089 from Service Unit 22-06, had a great time at an end-of-the-year trip to Hershey Park in Hershey, PA. Submitted by Laura Kalshoven.

Troop 992 - White Water Rafting White Water Rafting

Girls and adults from Troop 992 of Bowie, MD suited up and took on the rapids on the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania during the Girl Scout Rafting Weekend. submitted by Diane Traweek.

Troop 3334 at National Headquarters What Can a Cookie Do?

And what can a girl do in New York City? Troop 3334 sold 1,272 boxes of cookies to pay for an end of year trip to New York City in June. First stop, “The Today Show” at Rockefeller Plaza. Second stop was  Pearl Studios. Third stop was visiting the National Headquarters where the girls got an opportunity to have lunch, tour headquarters, and sign the Girl Scout Tag Wall. Their final stop was to see the musical “Annie” at the Palace Theatre. Submitted by Cherie Rogers.

Troop 81138 Service Unit Bridging Ceremony

Troop 81138 had a great time at their Service Unit bridging ceremony. Submitted by Kim Parker.

Members of troops 2855, 2911, 2809, 5378, and 2920 at their close out ceremony.

Closing Out a Girl Scout Year

Members of troops 2855, 2911, 2809, 5378, and 2920 had their close out ceremony on June 14, 2013. The troops had the bridging ceremony including Ambassadors that will be leaving for adult hood. We wish all the girls the best in the upcoming year! Submitted by Mary Martin.

Troops 3938/2030 Girl Scout Troops Prepared Dinner for Parenting Program

First and Second grade Troops 3938/2030 prepared a wonderful lasagna dinner for 40 people attending a parenting class in Fairfax, VA.  They prepared salad with a variety of dressings, meatballs and some wonderful garlic bread to go with the lasgana. They had a great time and did a great job. The folks at Falls Church finished all the food as they continued to come for seconds and thirds.  Submitted by Paula Fischinger.

Cadette Troop 1403

Rock Climbing Fun

Cadette Troop 1403 of Springfield had a wonderful time rock climbing at SportRock in Alexandria, VA with leaders Donna Kellam and Mary Moran. Submited by Vonda Peterson.

Troop 384 Troop 384 Bridging

Troop 384 chose to celebrate their bridging ceremony by recreating the locavore meal from Sow What? from their senior journey. Girl brought dishes made from locally produced food and shared a meatless meal. The older girls welcomed the younger girls to ambassadors and were in turn, welcomed to adult lifetime membership by troop alumnae who were home from college. Submitted by Kelly Ayotte-Phelan.

Junior Girl Scout troop 2325 Turning a Love for Animals into a Girl Scout Bronze Award Project

Junior Girl Scout troop 2325 earned their Bronze Award by implemeting a project to help HOMEWARD TRAILS ANIMAL RESCUE, a local animal shelter .  In order to earn the hours needed, the girls drafted flyers to promote donations, made cat toys and baked dog treats. In addition, they helped out at Homeward Trails offices with office work such as sorting the food pantry, cleaning out and organizing crate sheds, assembling adoption folders, making treat bags for dogs to be adopted, and cleaning office floors and bathrooms. The girls also assisted Homeward Trails during one of their adoption fairs at Wylie Waggs in Arlington where they helped walk the dogs, talk to people interested in adopting dogs, gave out information and paperwork, and also collected donations from people strolling by. Not only was this project fun but also very rewarding for our girls. Submitted by Barbara Leiber-Klotz.

Troop 4045 Bridges to Juniors Troop 4045 Bridges to Juniors

Luckily, the rain cleared up just in time for Germantown, MD Troop 4045 to have their Bridging Ceremony at the Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg right after their end of year celebration at The Amazing Art Studio. What a fun afternoon! Submitted by Connie Chaskes.

Cadette Troop 1679 Junior National Honor Society

Through dedication and hard work, Girl Scouts from Cadette Troop 1679 are celebrating their induction to the Junior National Honor Society. Submitted by Amy Altersitz.

Troop 5227 Troop 5227's Girl Scout Year Recap

This past Girl Scout year has been an exciting one for the Girl in Troop 5227. They have attended a horse riding event and learned about pet care. they have held a tea party to review their etiquette skills. They played basketball to earn their fair play patch. The girls attended Montpelier farm and had a campfire roasting hot dogs, marshmallow, singing and playing games. They had an overnight event at the Calvert Marine Museum. They attended Thinking Day and prepared a Mexican dish and maracas. The Girls went Ice Skating, graduated Cookie College and participated in an  Investiture ceremony. And to top of all off, one of their favorite experiences was touring the white house and having the opportunity to see President Obama board Air Force One. Submitted by Jennifer Johnson.

Brownie Girl Scout Giving Presentation called "All About Juliette Gordon Low" An "All About Juliette Gordon Low" Presentation

A Brownie Girl Scout delivered a presentation at a local Elementary School titled "All About Juliette Gordon Low". This first year Girl Scout has taken a shine to everything involving Girl Scouting and worked very hard preparing for this project, including putting together her costume and her own display of Girl Scout related pictures. Submitted by Caren Ricketts-Holmes.

Troop 5881 at the Beach Beach Daytrip

Teen Troop 5881 of Springfield/Lorton celebrated the end of our scouting year with a day at the beach at Sandy Point Park in Maryland.  It was the perfect way to welcome summer. Submitted by Vonda Peterson

Jessica L. (seen here reading) and Sarah H. of McLean and each 11, took turns reading stories to the refugee children. Reading for Refugees Book Fair

Turning a Love of Reading into a Girl Scout Bronze Award Project, Girl Scout Junior Troop 2325 of McLean hosted a Reading for Refugees Book Fair for the refugee families in their community. The girls prepared care packages; totes filled with various age-appropriate books for the children. The majority of the books donated were given by Child's Play of McLean and transportation was provided by Ramjay, Inc. The venue was donated by the Charles Wesley United Methodist Church where the children enjoyed face painting, story time, crafts, and games. The refugee children left with a bag of books and some good memories. The girls received so many book donations that there were several boxes of books left over, which they donated in bulk to the Lutheran Social Services Refugee Program for their use. Submitted by Christiane Lourenco.

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