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Girls come first at Girl Scouts. We believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. As a Girl Scout parent, we understand there’s a lot to learn—but we’re here to support you.  We will guide you through the Girl Scout year with timely topics, tips and upcoming Girl Scout opportunities to help your daughter have the best year ever.

Our Promise To Girls: A Letter from the CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon

Dear Girl Scout Families,

Welcome to a new Girl Scout year with amazing opportunities just for girls. Our promise, to provide our Girl Scouts with a safe -space to explore the outdoors, participate in STEM activities, gain life skills that will lead them to a lifetime of leadership and of course learn how to run the largest girl-led business—the Cookie Program. 

Our Promise to Girls:

  • Meet regularly.
  • Earn at least 4 skill-building badges or a least one Higher Award or Leadership Journey
  • Participate in Product Program
  • Complete at least one community service or Take Action project
  • Taking part in at least one outdoor activity
  • Experience at least one field trip or Girl Scout event
  • Participate in Girl Scout traditions (e.g uniform, Promise & Law, GS songs, ceremonies)

The Girl Scout Leadership experience is a one-of a kind program based on three key principles, discover, connect and take-action. Girl Scout activities are girl-led, cooperative and provide opportunities to learn while doing. Our promise to girls is that at each Girl Scout level girls will always be given the opportunity to progress and grow in confidence.


Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO Girl Scouts Nation's Capital

Girl Scout Program Opportunities  

42 New Girl Scout Badges to Change The World are HERE

This is BIG: new Girl Scout Journeys and badges are here to take the girl leadership game to new heights. We’ve added even more skill-building, life-changing experiences to the Girl Scout program!

When girls, parents, and volunteers tell us what they want out of their Girl Scout experience, we listen, and take action. There’s never been a better time for girls to shine, and there’s no better place to do it than at Girl Scouts.

This year, we’ve added new Journeys and badges in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the outdoors focusing on:

  • cybersecurity
  • outdoor adventure
  • space science
  • coding

Combined with our existing unique and proven programs, these new Journeys and badges help girls embark on a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

Check out the new badges, here.

Camp CEO

Teen Girl Scouts, it’s time to get your G.I.R.L. on!  Unleash your go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader powers at Camp CEO, September 27-29. Kick off a new Girl Scout and school year, enjoying an action packed weekend of fun at Camp Potomac Woods. Meet some of the Washington area’s top women executives and be prepared to leave inspired

Who can attend?
Camp CEO is for registered Girl Scouts who will be in Grades 10-12during the 2019-2020 school year. Please note: This is an individual girl only event. Adult supervision will be provided by the Council.

Register, here.

The Girl Scout Expo will be a fun-filled day to explore Girl Scout activities, with a focus on STEM, the outdoors, lifeskills and entrepreneurship! Girls can participate in interactive badge activities, sing-along and meet Girl Scouts from around our Council.

Registration opens August 15th at 9:00am. The event is free and open to Girl Scouts Nation's Capital members and family. Space is limited.

Click here for more information.

HPE Patch Program and Game for Juniors 

A new plugged-in cybersecurity patch program and game is available for Girl Scout Juniors. The program and game will teach Girl Scout Juniors how to safely and defensively navigate the internet. The program covers four key areas: personal information and digital footprint, online safety, privacy and security, and cyberbullying. The curriculum was designed and developed pro bono by HPE’s women in cybersecurity employee group, which is dedicated to encouraging and supporting more women in the field .As part of the program, HPE has also developed an educational online game, called Cyber Squad, designed to teach girls cybersecurity literacy via an interactive format that takes players through real-life scenarios and simulates the consequences of both risky and safe online behaviors. Learn more here.

Volunteer Updates 

August Kick-Off Registration

Service Unit Teams...Are you ready to kick off another awesome Girl Scout year?! --Here's your chance to register for this year's kick-off. Register, here.

Are you using our online Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)?

Troop leaders have access to their entire troop roster. They can select their year plan and add and delete meetings. In addition to GSUSA program resources they will find our Council’s Volunteer Essentials, New Leader Passport and links to support material on our website.

Learn how this fully customizable digital planning tool can save you time and energy all year long,  Learn more here.


Girl Scout News

Girl Scout Cadette Genna P. went to the moon and back this summer

Through the Girl Scout Destinations program Genna spent a week at the Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Space Academy allows all particpants to go on missions using simulators that mimic real-life experiences in space as they train like the pros. 

Genna found her love for space and has a new mission to one day make it to Mars. Through the varying programs Girl Scouts offer, girls are always welcomed to dream big.

Read more of Genna's story, here.

Girls The World Needs on News4 Your Sunday with Pat Lawson Muse

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl scout can earn. More than 200 Girl Scouts in the Nation's Capital region achieved this award, including Fyzah Islam. Islam's project aimed to help homeless individuals in Prince William County by promoting hygiene. Lidia Soto Harmon, CEO of Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, talks with News4's Pat Lawson Muse about the Gold Award. Watch the full segment, here.

Learn more about Girl The World Needs, here

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