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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.


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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