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Troop 4841 (Alexandria, VA) taken at Washington Animal Rescue League’s Barktoberfest


Troop 4841 attended Washington Animal Rescue League’s Barktoberfest. The girls advocated for Emotional Support Animals and stopping animal cruelty. They did this by distributing information and resources to the festival goers. This was their Take Action project for the Your World, Your Voice Journey. Submitted by Linda Larson.

Troop 3487 dress in traditional period clothing in front of Riley's Lockhouse

Riley’s Lockhouse at the C&O Canal

Troop 3487 from Potomac, MD served as docent to the Riley’s lockhouse at the C&O canal.
Girls and leaders dressed up in Victorian era clothing, gave tours to the general public of the house and grounds, played with old toys and churned butter. Submitted by Orit Almagor.

Troop 2197 treating themselves to a treat after a hard day's work at Volunteerfest

Troop 2197 - Volunteer Fest 2014

Cadette Troop 2197 and honorary "troop helper" spent their Saturday at Daniels Run Elementary School as part of Volunteer Fairfax's annual VolunteerFest. VolunteerFest is a region-wide day of community service held in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day. Under the direction of LANDS and WATERS, the volunteers spent their Saturday morning digging, hauling, weeding and transforming a traditional turf dominated courtyard into a Literacy Garden to promote interest in literature and writing by creating native plant gardens, sitting areas, and outdoor classroom area. They did an amazing job and should be very proud of themselves and each other. Submitted by Patricia Parris.

Fall Fun with Troop 1273

Dog Sledding

Troop 1273 of Silver Spring Maryland had a great time dogsledding with Maryland Sled Dog Adventures. Submitted by Jennifer Manguera

Cadette Troop 2314

Glass Art

Cadette Troop 2314 of Potomac learned about fused glass from local glass artist (and troop mom) Laurie Hartman. Each girl enjoyed creating her own one-of-a-kind fused glass tic tac toe board. Submitted by Jen Dolan.

Cadette troop 1531 sitting with the lost golden retrievers they rescued from the busy street. Cadette Troop 1351 Saves Two Runaway Dogs

On their way to the USPTO's National Trademark Expo, Cadette troop 1531 road past two frightened golden retrievers running down the sidewalk of a very busy road.  The adult driving the vehicle they were in was able to pull over safely, and the girls corralled the dogs onto a side street.  The dogs had no collars, so the girls contacted Fairfax Co. Animal Control, and were told to keep them safe until one of their officers was able to get to them. Not only were they kept safe, but they were loved, given water and cuddled and petted non-stop for a 1/2 hour. Officer Enna Lugo took the animals into her custody and the Fairfax Co. Animal Shelter was able to reunite the dogs with their owner. Submitted by Moira Howard-Jeweler.

Troop 5881 in front of a Ferris Wheel at King's Dominion Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt

Troop 5881 of Springfield/Lorton enjoyed a “spooktacular” evening at Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt. Submitted by Vonda Peterson.

Girl Scout Troop 3002 Girl Scout Troop 3002 Participation in Congressional Black Caucus AVOICE Workshop

The Seniors of Girl Scout Troop 3002 were thrilled to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus AVOICE workshop, held at the National Archives.   The girls met other workshop attendees from across the country, as they discussed Environmental Justice.   Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC 6th district), met with the group and discussed the importance of climate change and communities, and how the girls can advocate to make a difference.  Five seniors earned their African Americans in Congress patch.

Troop 6202 hosted their annual Girl Empowerment Lockin 2014 "Free Being Me!" Empowerment Lockin

The Scouts of Multilevel Troop 6202 hosted their annual Girl Empowerment Lockin.  This year's theme was "Free Being Me!" and the event was especially memorable since it coincided with International Girl's Day.  After an evening filled with team building activities and good old fashioned fun. participants were awarded Certificates of Participation and encouraged to "follow their dreams!" Submitted by Dewanna Knight.

Girl Scout Troop 6823 Troop 6823 Green Halloween Costume Swap

In October, Girl Scout Troop 6823 of Ashburn, Virginia hosted its Fourth Annual Green Halloween Costum Swap at the Broadlands Community Center. This swap is held as an eco-friendly, economical way to reuse costumes and reduce landfill waste. Swappers brought in gently used children's costumes in exchange for a ticket, which they could then used to "purchase" a like-new costume. After the designated swap time, shoppers could purchase costumes for $5 each. Proceeds from this event went to the Girl Scout SHARE program -- Share Her Annual Real Expenses -- the annual fundraiser of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital which helps all girls participate in scouting, regardless of their financial situation. Submitted by Erica Garman.

Troop 3459 bridged up to Cadettes Junior Troop 3459 Cadettes Start the New Girl Scout Year in the Great Outdoors

Junior Troop 3459 bridged up to Cadettes and spent a part of their meeting outdoors. Eight girls returned to the troop and two new girls joined. They are looking forward to a fun year ahead! Submitted by Christina Halpern.

Troop 5386 Group Photo My Great Day Badge

In preparing to complete the My Great Day badge, Troop 5386 had the most fun doing a weather relay! Photo and story submitted by Laura Beth Vietor.

Troop 5286 at their first Service Unit Encampment Brownies Experience their First Service Unit Encampment

Second grade Brownies (and Senior Girl Scouts) attended their first Service Unit encampment at Camp White Rock.  Thanks go out to Tadpole for a great outdoor hike!!!  Photo and Story submitted by Laura Beth Vietor.

Troop 5552 did a superb job cleaning up a cemetary in Springfield, VA

Bronze Award Project

Troop 5552 of Springfield, VA discovered there was a neglected, historic cemetery beside their school. Out of  respect and the historic significance the girls decided that the area should be restored. Two weekends of battling rain, weeds and poison ivy, the girls transformed the cemetery’s integrity, and completed the work in time for the school’s 50th anniversary. This increased community awareness for the historic cemetery that dates back to the early 1800’s.  When the owner saw the cemetery, she cried and said she couldn’t believe that a bunch of 10-year old girls could make such a big difference. Submitted by Amy Mitchem.

New Daisy Scout in Fire Rescue Uniform New Daisy and Brownie Scouts participate National Fire Safety Week!

New Girl Scouts Daisies and Brownies of Multilevel Troop 6202 started the year by participating in National Fire Safety Week activities.  After a presentation by local Female Firefighters and EMT of the Charles County Fire Department they suited up in fire protective wear. Troop 6202 welcomes new Daisy and Brownie Scouts to the Troop! Submitted by Dewanna Knight.

Cadette Troop 2613 Helping with the PG County Parents of Children with Down Syndrome's Angel Walk Girl Scouts Volunteered at Angel Walk

Cadette Troop 2613 kicked off the year volunteering at the PG County Parents of Children with Down Syndrome's Angel Walk on Oct. 5. The scouts helped pass out snacks and beverages and participated in the walk. October is Down Syndrome awareness month. Submitted by Deborah Berry.

Troop 5227 End Of The Year Trip

Troop 5227 went to Massanutten & Shenandoah Caverns for their end of the year trip in July 2014. They had 12 families and friends attend.   The girls enjoyed the waterpark, caverns, movies, shopping, dinner, bungee jumping, go karts, movie night at the hotel and pool time. The girls also had their end of the year ceremony which included a celebration of our girls bridging to their next level as Juniors. They are looking forward to an exciting Junior year with their new leaders Ms. Aisha, Ms .Dionne  and Ms. Vera. Everyone had an awesome time!

Troop 3334: Anti-Bullying Film Festival & Silver Award Achievement Congratulations to Troop 3334: Anti-Bullying Film Festival & Silver Award Achievement

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Girl Scouts are speaking up in order to help stop bullying.  Congratulations to the team members from Troop 3334 of Alexandria, VA for achieving their Silver Award.  Team 1 hosted an Anti-Bullying Film Festival at the Katherine K. Hanley Shelter and the Kingstowne Library.  Team 2 developed and implemented a community awareness campaign to advocate against bullying.  "It Stops Now!" 
Submitted by Cherie Rogers.

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