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In Girl Scouts, your girl will have a great experience meeting new friends, exploring the outdoors and learning new skills, all in a girl-led and nurturing environment. Our program is designed for girls from Kindergarten - 12th grade, and at every level, Girl Scouts have fun while being challenged to make the world a better place.

Information on our parents' guide changes each month—check out what you may have missed.


Time to Renew Your Membership

Early Bird registration starts April 1-June 30, 2017 for current Girl Scout members. Save your spot in your troop for another exciting Girl Scout year!

Troop leaders may hold a parent meeting to find out which girls plan to return and determine parent volunteer positions. Troops that early bird with fifty percent of their girls (a minimum of six girls) and two leaders by June 30th, as well as turn in their troop catalog information by May 31, receive a Girl Scout shop coupon valued at $25. Girls also receive an early bird patch for renewing now!

Log in to My GS to renew. 

National membership dues have increased to $25 for girl and adult members to ensure that Girl Scouts USA has the resources to invest in new technology and develop new girl programs. This summer, new badges and streamlined Journeys will be available to help girls focus on the things girls want to do: STEM & the Outdoors. Click here to learn more about the exciting new programs coming your way. 

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is committed to making Girl Scouts available to all girls and volunteer members. Through SHARE Your Love of Girl Scouting, our family giving campaign, assistance is available to help families with financial needs.  You can request financial assistance online at the time of renewal.

Have questions or need helping renewing? Email Membership or call 202-274-3321.


Annual Meeting 2017

The Annual Meeting of our corporate membership was held Saturday, April 8 in Lansdowne, Virginia. View photos from the business meeting and volunteer recognitions ceremony below, and click here to learn more about who attends the Annual Meeting. 

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Are You Ready for Summer Camp?

Have a first-time camper? Check out tips below to make sure she'll have her best summer ever. 

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If your camper has never spent the night away from home, try it out before camp. Encourage her to have a fun sleepover at a friend's house so she can practice being independent. 

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Help your camper pack for camp—don’t do it for her! She’ll know exactly where  everything is, and be able to identify any items that get misplaced.

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For younger campers, pack each outfit in a gallon size zip lock baggie and label each day. 

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Let your camper know that missing home is normal!  Make a plan for what they will do if she is sad, such as write a letter, draw a picture, or jump into activities.

There's still time to register for camp this summer. Visit our camp page to browse open programs by level, and be sure to check out our fun Fourth of July programs. 


What is Bridging? 

Bridging ceremonies mark a girl's move from one level of Girl Scouts to another. It's a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. Bridging ceremonies usually take place at the beginning or end of the Girl Scout year.

A Fly-Up is a bridging ceremony for Girl Scout Brownies bridging to Girl Scout Juniors. Girls receive the Girl Scout pin along with their Brownie wings.

Share your bridging photos with us by posting them to our Facebook page! 

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April

Volunteer Appreciation Month

There is no way we could unleash the G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) without our dedicated volunteers. Because of your commitment of time and heart, Girl Scouts have a leader to guide them on new adventures, a mentor to advise them and a friend. Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital thanks you for your dedication and passion to develop girls of courage, confidence and character. 


What's G.I.R.L.? 

Girl Scouts of the USA launched a new campaign designed to engage all girls. When you're a Girl Scout, you're also a G.I.R.L.: a Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker and Leader.

Watch our videos and tell us your G.I.R.L. story for the chance to be featured in a video, or to have lunch with our CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon. 


Raising Awesome Girls

Have you seen what’s new on the Raising Awesome Girls blog? You’ll find advice on everything from dealing with school bullies to talking with your daughter about media and the news. Check out the latest post on busting gender stereotypes. 

March

Highest Awards

Every year, girls have the chance to change their community in a big way through Girl Scouts’ highest awards. 

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The Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. Girls assemble a team and put a plan into action to take on issues like homelessness, literacy and more. 

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At the Girl Scout Cadette level, the Silver Award gives girls the opportunity to make a chancge in their schools and communities. Last year in our Council, 899 girls made the world a better place through their Silver Award projects. 

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Finally, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the culmination of a girl’s Girl Scout experience. Earned by Seniors and Ambassadors, the Gold Award requires girls to devote over 80 hours of work on a project that’s important to each girl. 163 extraordinary young women earned the Gold Award in our area last year. 

Silver Trefoil

Unique to our Council is the Silver Trefoil award, which honors Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who serve at the Girl Scout Community, National, and Global levels.

Each year, we feature girls who earned their Silver Award, Gold Award or Silver Trefoil Award in our Council’s Awards Yearbook. To be included in this year’s yearbook, and invited to the In Your Honor ceremony, final reports and paperwork must be submitted by Wednesday, March 15. 

Girls who submit after March 15 will be included in next year’s yearbook. March 15 is also the deadline for graduating Gold Award recipients to submit their applications for our Council’s Gold Award Scholarships.


Still time to register for camp!

Missed the opening days of camp registration? No problem! There are still spaces available at many of our summer sleep-away camps. Visit our sleep-away camp page to browse camps by program level. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Girl Scout Week

Every year, Girl Scouts celebrate what it means to be a leader during Girl Scout Week, which starts with Girl Scouts’ birthday on March 12 and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on March 18.

This year, Girl Scouts’ birthday is also Girl Scout Sunday, which gives girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. Girls can also earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith. 

Click here for ideas for how you can celebrate Girl Scout week

Raising Awesome Girls

Have you seen what’s new on the Raising Awesome Girls blog? You’ll find advice on everything from dealing with school bullies to talking with your daughter about media and the news. Check out the latest post, "What Our Country Needs Right Now is You."

January/February Information

Are you ready for summer camp?

Mark your calendars for online camp registration:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:00 am for Camp Winona and Camp Coles Trip sleep-away camps.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:00 am for Camp May Flather and Camp Potomac Woods sleep-away camps.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00 am for Day and Evening Camps

To register, log into your eBiz account from our website. Remember, camp sessions fill quickly, so be prepared! 


The Adventures of Girl Scout Flat Daisy

Girl Scouts Daisies, Brownies and Juniors are having a blast taking Girl Scout Flat Daisy with them on all their cookie adventures. Check out all the fun girls are having with Flat Daisy below, and don't forget to post your own Flat Daisy pictures on our Facebook page!

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December Information
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From the Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Family: Enjoy the holiday season. We want to thank you for supporting Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. Consider making a donation to SHARE Your Love of Girl Scouting in time for a tax deduction. Click here to make your donation today. Thank you. 


Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Annual Report

We are proud of all we accomplished last Girl Scout year (2015-2016). Girl Scouts remains the best leadership program for girls thanks to our volunteers, funders and staff team. Click here to view our annual report. 


Girl Scout Carpool Karaoke

Have you watched our Girl Scout Carpool Karaoke with CEO Lidia-Soto-Harmon and some of our Girl Scout troop leaders? Girl Scout troop leaders make it possible. They dedicate their time and energy to help girls discover their true potential. Each month we will feature a new troop leader!


Girl Scout Camping Year Round

We know that for many families, camp is a new adventure. Watch this video and get a better understanding of the importance of outdoor learning and how Girl Scouts helps a girl progress in the outdoors.

Troop camping is also a fun way to teach girls about the outdoors while building their confidence and leadership skills. Year-round, troops can go camping to earn badges, work on a journey or just have fun! Troops can reserve a campsite up to 90 days in advance by making a reservation through our website. A Cookout & Campout qualified adult must accompany your troop on a camping trip. Trainings are offered throughout the year, so search our calendar to find a class that's convenient for you.

Girls looking for a thrill can also experience high adventure activities like archery, water sports, rock climbing and more. Click here to make a high adventure reservation or to sign up for high adventure through Council-approved outside vendors. 

November Information

Your best year ever!

Raising Awesome Girls
Girl Scouts is the preeminent authority on girls! Check out what our experts have to say as they give advice on dealing with bullying, your daughter’s new look, and finding success at school on our Raising Awesome Girls webpage.

Finding the perfect troop
So you’ve found a troop, but now the meeting time, troop focus or location are no longer a good fit. We can help! From our website, sign in to My Community (using the e-mail you received when you first registered) and browse the online troop catalog in your member community to get the scoop on other troops in your area. If you can’t find the perfect troop for your schedule, contact your local Girl Scout office and we’ll connect you with the membership specialist who serves your region.  


Our Council

How is Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital structured?
Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is a council with over 86,000 members. The Council is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to provide Girl Scout programming to members in a geographic area.

What are service units?
Our Council is divided into over 143 Service Units that support our troop leaders and provide local programs and training opportunities for troops serving a specific geographic area. Service unit managers host monthly meetings to share important news, and lead a team of volunteers who oversee recruitment, product sales, money management, recognitions and more. Check with your membership specialist to see if there’s a volunteer positions available in your service unit.  

Council staff
Council staff have expertise in girl program design, camping and cookie operations, adult volunteer development, fundraising, public relations, membership and more. To serve our members, our membership department is broken down into regions with offices and staff to support Girl Scouting throughout our region. Got a question? Find the membership specialist in your area.


Girl Scout Journeys 

Journeys are part of the Girl Scout leadership Esperience. They help Girl Scouts learn essential leadership skills while making a difference in their community, whether they’re caring for the environment, helping others get healthy or preventing bullying in their schools. Through Journeys, girls learn to identify a community issue, come up with a creative solution that will make a difference, and work with a team to put a plan into action.

There are three series of Journeys for troops to choose from at every grade level:

It’s Your World—Change IT!

It’s Your Planet—Love IT!

It’s You Story—Tell IT!

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Journey Planners are available to download (for free!) to help troops complete a Journey while participating in fun traditional Girl Scout activities. 

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Program Partners

Our Program Partners offer Girl Scouts local activities to enhance their experience, from skiing and sailing to tea parties and theater. Program Partner opportunities are listed on our online events calendar and are promoted to Girl Scout Troop Leaders and Service Unit Managers through Troop Edition, a weekly program e-newsletter. To see a list of Program Partners in your area, click here.

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Destinations

Destinations are the ultimate travel adventure for Girl Scouts 11 years of age and older. Last summer, girls from our Council traveled to places like Dublin, London, Panama and even Morocco!

Click here to see all the amazing places you can go on a Destination. Submit your application to programaa@gscnc.org by November 15, 2016. Girls also have another opportunity to apply before February 10, 2017.  

October Information
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"We are looking forward to helping your daughter develop as a strong and confident leader. With your support and the encouragement of our incredibly dedicated volunteer troop leaders, we will help your girl find her spark,” said Lidia Soto Harmon, CEO.


What does my new Girl Scout need?

Are uniforms required?
The uniform unites girls as Girl Scouts. Each level has one required element: a tunic, sash or vest, for the display of our U.S. flag, troop number, Council ID, official pins, awards, badges and patches.  

Do I need to buy badges, a Journey book, or other supplies?
Because our program is girl-led and facilitated by the troop leader, check with your troop leader before going shopping.

Where do I purchase Girl Scout supplies?
We have four Girl Scout shops located in Washington, DC, Germantown, MD, Centerville, VA and Martinsburg, WV. Our websitehas our shop locations and hours of operation. For your convenience, you can also shop online 24/7.  

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Membership

Your Girl Scout is now part of something big! Today, there are 2.7 million Girl Scouts nationwide. Your $15 membership dues went directly to our national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, to support the development of girl programs and technology. The Girl Scout national program has proven outcomes with Girl Scouts developing their full potential as they learn to take risks, test their skills and develop values that will guide their actions.


Troop Finances

Troop Money Earning

Girl Scouts can participate in two Council-sponsored financial literacy programs. Our Fall Product Sale includes candy, nuts and magazines and runs from September 19-November 13. Our Cookie Program is the largest girl run business. It starts December 19 – March 26. Parental support is essential for these programs to be successful. Ask your troop leader how you can help.

Troop Funds are earned by the troop through Cookie and Fall Product sales.  And, with proper approval, there are other ways troops can earn money to fund their activities. Then with guidance from adults, girls decide how to use the funds to support their Girl Scout journey. Troop leaders are required to keep financial records, and their funds are held in a bank account with two unrelated signers on the account.

Troop Dues may be charged by some troops to assist with start-up expenses, such as field trips and other activities.

Financial Assistance is available thanks to  SHAREour annual giving campaign, to help girls and volunteers with demonstrated need, afford to fully participate in Girl Scouting. Financial assistance can be applied to membership dues, camp fees, uniform and supplies, program grants, and more.


What is SHARE?

SHARE Your Love of Girl Scouting is our friends and family annual giving campaign, which provides the necessary funds to support Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. When you give to SHARE, 100 percent of your donation stays within our Council to:

  • maintain our eight camp properties
  • support adult training
  • develop girl programs and grants
  • cover the costs of membership dues, camperships and underwrite Girl Scout expenses for girls from low-income families.

All families are encouraged to contribute to making Girl Scouting strong in this region. SHARE envelopes are distributed to all members, or you can go online to donate. Thank you for giving.


Happy birthday, JGL!

Happy Birthday Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scout movement born October 31, 1860. Click here to download a birthday card for Juliette! Post a selfie of you and your card on social media with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayJGL!

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Each month Flat Daisy will guide you through the Girl Scout year. Have questions? Email flatdaisy@gscnc.org.

Stay connected with your Girl Scout family. Join a Rally, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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