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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.

Girl Scout News

Gold Award Girl Scouts: Girls the World Needs

Our Council is proud to announce an unprecedented 225 Girl Scouts in the Greater Washington Region earned the prestigious Gold Award, demonstrating a higher commitment to service and leadership. The Gold Award distinguishes our girls in the college admissions process and can only be earned by Girl Scouts in high school.

This month we launched a new campaign to elevate awareness for the Gold Award.  It features a new video, an ad in the Washington Business Journal and social media elements to illustrate the fact that the Gold Award produces Girls the World Needs. Take a look at the coverage we received for our Gold Award Girl Scouts on NBC channel 4 in Washington, DC.  And, read our Award Yearbook and be inspired by what our Gold Award Girl Scouts have accomplished.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share our campaign elements on your social media to help educate our community on the value of Gold Award Girl Scouts.


Raise Your Hand

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Girl Scout Cadette Nationally Recognized for Activist Efforts

Girl Scout Cadette Alice Paul Tapper is a nationally recognized activist and author for her work in building girls’ confidence by starting the Raise Your Hand  movement. 

Today, the Raise Your Hand campaign has resulted in over 12,000 girls and women taking the pledge and purchasing the patch. Alice’s movement has received media attention allowing her to write an op-ed in the New York Times and be featured on The Ellen Show, Today, New Day on CNN and the opportunity to work with Penguin Publisher to write a book on the movement. Get your copy here!

Annual Meeting Takes a Step Outdoors With Girl Scouts

This year's annual meeting was one to remember. From the lastest updates from cookie season to the variety of vendors that host Girl Scouts, one thing was clear --Girl Scouts are ready to step outdoors for the spring and summer seasons.

There were more than 600 attendees at the conference and 255 of them were Girl Scouts who earned their Gold Award. There are 87,254 members within our council which makes us the largest one.


Gold Award Girl Scouts Are Going Places   

This year's Gold Award Girl Scout class has been the largest in a decade. In honor of this amazing fact, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is launching a new campaign to elevate awareness for the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.  

The campaign demonstrates the power of Gold Award Girl Scouts as Girls the World Needs  in creating sustainable projects with major impact on societal ills within their communities and the world. 

Girl Scout Program Opportunities  

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.

Summer Camp 2019: Only a few spaces left, register today!

As a Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital member you have access to eight wonderful Girl Scout camps, four summer sleep-away camps, local day & evening camps, and unique badge programs that'll help you learn skills in the great outdoors! So get ready to choose your adventure–Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital wants to leave no girl inside! Visit here to learn all about camping opportunities for your girl. 

Volunteer Updates 

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.


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