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Information for New Parents


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.

A Message from our CEO

Dear Girl Scout families,

Watch my video of the time I spent last summer challenging myself like a Girl Scout! Let's get all Girl Scouts outdoors.

Volunteer Support

How can you Get Involved?

There are many opportunities and roles parent can get involved. Learn more about some of the volunteer roles here and talk to your troop leader on ways you can support the troop.

Volunteer Essentials

This publication is a resource for our troop leaders to use when needed. Simply look up the topic in Volunteer Essentials and you will find your answer. You can find our online version 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.

What should the troop be doing?

  • Meet a minimum of twice a month.
  • Create a safe space where girls and adults work together!
  • Have at least 6 different families volunteer in roles.
  • Earn at least four skill-building badges or at least one leadership Journey or High Award.
  • Participate in an Entrepreneur Program (Fall Product, Cookie Program)
  • Complete at least one community service project
  • Take part in a minimum of one outdoor activity
  • Participate in Girl Scout traditions (Uniform, Promise & Law, Songs,      Ceremonies)
  • Ensure that your meetings are girl-led

Exciting Program Opportunities: Just for Girl Scouts.

The Insider magazine includes many of the program opportunities offered to Girl Scouts. A copy of the fall issue is mailed to all registered members households at the start of the Girl Scout year. If you have not received your copy you can also read our magazine online here

Does she need a uniform?

A photo of a green Girl Scout Junior uniform vest

Earned recognitions (BADGES) are an important part of Girl Scouts and your girl’s progress in what she is learning. New troops and parents should check out a Troop Starter Kit with all items a girl will need for the start of a new Girl Scout year! Your Girl Scout leader will help advise you on what the troop will need.

Do all Girl Scouts sell cookies?

The Girl Scout Cookie Program enhances five skills that girls gain when they participate. She will also learn the value of a dollar! Your girl will transform through participation in the Cookie Program designed to develop five critical skills:

Outdoors is in a Girl Scout's DNA!

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital members have access to EIGHT Camp properties – maps and descriptions of each camp can be found on this website! Take advantage and get your Girl Scouts outdoors! 

Summer Resident Camp

Registration for summer sleep-away camps will open in mid-January. A summer camp brochure will be mailed to your home in January.

Summer Day/Twilight Camp

Not ready to spend overnights away from home or parents looking for something close by can experience the adventure, fun and excitement of camp through our volunteer led summer Day/Twilight Camps. Registration will open in February, you will find more information in the camp brochure.

What is SHARE?

Girl Scout Nation’s Capital family giving campaign provides families with an opportunity to share their love for Girl Scouting by donating to benefit those in needs. SHARE aims to support financial assistance in order to make Girl Scouts accessible and affordable for all girls. Learn more about how to give to girls, here

Girl Scout News

Girl Scouts Going Back to School With Confidence

When Girl Scout Junior Alice T. noticed that boys were aggressively participating in activities at a school fair, she started to worry that girls were fading into the background. Now, Alice has a message for girls everywhere to help them have more confidence, step up and become leaders: Girl Scouts Raise Your Hand.

We teamed up with NBC Washington to kick-off the new school year with confidence. Watch the segment here.

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