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Welcome to Girl Scouts! Your daughter is now a part of something big—a community that’s 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world.

The information changes each month—so bookmark and return monthly to see what is going on at Girl Scouts.   

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G.I.R.L. Agenda

Every G.I.R.L. is a go-getter, innovator, risk taker, leader.  Here is another way your troop can make your community a better place: Join the G.I.R.L. Agenda. It’s Girl Scout’s nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare and mobilize girls and volunteers to lead positive change through civic action. To learn how to get your troop involved, visit www.GIRLagenda.org.


Raising Awesome Girls

Straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything and anything you might deal with when raising girls. Check out the latest post, “The New Cool Girl Hang Out? City Council Meetings.”


Girl Scouts Love to Camp!

How you can support your troop

First-time camper? Why not start small, and progress? Your girls can experience the benefits of the outdoors by holding a meeting outside, going for a hike, earning a Girls’ Choice Troop Camping badge, and then reserving time at one of our eight camp properties to ramp up your outdoor experience. Girl Scouts requires that a Cookout Campout-trained volunteer attend troop camping trips—and that could be you! To find the next training course, click here.


The Girl Scout Difference

With news about marketplace competition, it’s important to clarify that Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts are two separate organizations, both chartered by Congress to serve girls and boys respectively. Girl Scouts will remain an organization that exclusively serves girls. Our leadership program is time-tested and research-based. Learn more about the Girl Scout Difference here.


What’s the Gold Award?

As your girl progresses in Girl Scouting, she has the opportunity to achieve the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the Gold Award. You can go for the Gold Award if you are in high school (9th–12th grade), registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, and have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador Journey.  Once achieved, the Gold Award shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re a leader, changing the world.


Girl Scouts in the News

Find out what’s new at Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital by watching CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon’s interviewed on Comcast.

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Read Girl Scout Junior Alice’s op-ed in the New York Times on her girl-led Raise Your Hand initiative.

Watch our CEO respond to marketplace competition on Channel 4.


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Raise Your Hand

When Girl Scout Junior Alice T. (second from left) 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." Learn tips on how to encourage your daughter and take the pledge.


Raising Awesome Girls

Straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice on everything and anything you might deal with when raising girls. This month we provide tips on 5 Things Your Girl Might Say Instead of “I’m Being Bullied”.


Camping

Girl Scouts is the way many girls learn to explore the outdoors. Start at your girls’ comfort level and as they progress their experiences will too! Take a look at our video on how to plan troop camping. 

Ready to go camping? Check out our beautiful Girl Scout camps,  and learn more about troop camping in the camp section of our website.


JOANN offers Girl Scouts

real savings

Girl Scout members (lifetime, volunteers, girls & staff) can receive 15% off all eligible purchases at JOANN Stores. An additional 2.5% of purchases, up to $1.5 million will go back to GSUSA to support Girl Scouts. Start saving by going online to register at: joann.com/girlscouts or download the Joann App on Apple and Android devices. 


September 2017

Tips for Parents

Four easy ways to start your year off right

1. Look smart. Girl Scouts at each level wear one required element (tunic, sash, or vest) to display the U.S. flag, troop number, Council ID, official pins, awards, badges and patches. To purchase your daughter’s uniform, check out our shop locations and hours, or shop online 24/7. 

2. Find your support network. Regional service unit volunteers are here to support your Girl Scout experience. Not sure what service unit you’re in? Contact membershipsupport@gscnc.org

3. Get involved. Girl Scouting works best when the whole family gets involved! Lend a helping hand to your daughter’s troop by becoming a volunteer. No previous experience? No problem. We'll provide all the training you’ll need.

4. Stay in the know. There’s a lot going on around the Council. The Girl Scout Insider magazine was mailed to all our families and features helpful articles and a comprehensive calendar of community program partner events. Be sure to check out our online  events calendar as we add more fun events and adult trainings throughout the year.

Follow us on social media to stay in the loop. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and join our LinkedIn alumnae group.

Raising Awesome Girls

Girl Scouts is the preeminent authority on girls! In Girl Scouts' Raising Awesome Girls blog, you'll find tips from girl development experts to help your daughter have her best year. Read the latest post, "5 Steps That'll Help Her Ace Being the New Girl," and be sure to check back as we feature a new post each month.



The Council

As one of 112 Girl Scout Councils, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital provides Girl Scout programming to over 86,000 girls in Washington, DC and 25 counties in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.  With over 100 staff positions, the Council provides expertise on our programs, camping services, public relations, membership support, product sales, customer care, retail operations, development, finance and council operations.  

We could not provide the best leadership experience for girls without our volunteers. Your Council is divided into 26 associations, which are further divided into geographic service units. Service unit teams are composed of volunteers who keep the Girl Scout community growing.They support our troop leaders and provide great local program opportunities.

Troop Leaders deliver the Girl Scout program, enriching the lives and experiences of all girls. Your daughter's troop can use a helping hand. Find out ways you can learn how to support her troop by checking the troop volunteer positions.   

Check with your membership specialist for more information on ways you can help Girl Scouts.   


Our Program

What’s Girl-Led?

In Girl Scouting, girls lead the way and choose their own adventures. Girl-led means that girls of every age take an active and grade-appropriate role in figuring out the what, where, when, why, and how of what they do. Our all-girl, girl-led environment creates a space where girls can try new things, take risks, develop a range of skills, and take on leadership roles. So will your girls decide to explore the outdoors, travel, earn badges, or plan a service project? It’s up to them!

Badges vs. Journeys

Journeys are part of the Girl Scout leadership Experience. 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 take action.

Girl Scout badges are a great way for a girl to explore her interests and learn new skills. To remember and show the world what she’s accomplished girls earn badges to display on their uniform. You can browse badges by level and topic to help your girls plan what they want to do in Girl Scouts. 

This year, we have launched 23 new Outdoor and STEM Journeys and badges. New Journeys include Think Like and Engineer, Think Like a Citizen Scientist , Think Like a Programmer and the Outdoors. New Badges include Troop Camping and Robotics, and Citizen badges. Click here to learn more about these exciting new programs. 

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Congratulations, G.I.R.L.s! 

Girl Scouts really do change the world! This year in our Council, we were proud to recognize 159 Gold Award Girl Scouts, 214 Silver Trefoil Award Girl Scouts and 888 Silver Award Girl Scouts. We also awarded scholarships to 15 deserving Gold Award Girl Scouts who demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to serving their community. 

The inspiring girls who earned Girl Scouts' highest awards are shining examples of what a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader)™ can do. They are go-getters who advocate for the arts and help their peers lead healthier lives. They’re innovators who inspire the next generation to love STEM and financial literacy. They’re risk-takers who fight cyberbullying and the stigma of mental illness in their schools. And they’re leaders who rally their communities behind the causes they care about. Read more in our Award Yearbook.


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Girl Scouts can purchase discounted tickets to the sweetest place on earth all summer long—but the best deals are between now and July 5, so don't wait! A portion of the proceeds supports SHARE Your Love of Girl Scouting, our annual giving campaign for friends and family. Click here to get the discount code and get your tickets. And, mark your calendars for Girl Scout Day at Hersheypark on Saturday, September 30. Stay tuned to our website for the promo code to purchase special Girl Scout Day tickets. 

Questions? Contact Jordan Dunn, jdunn@gscnc.org


Way to go, top sellers!

The top 15 Girl Scout product sales entrepreneurs had lunch with Union Station Redevelopment Corporation CEO Beverley Swaim-Staley and our CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon. Collectively these girls sold over 36,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. They received a back-stage tour of the historic landmark and were treated to lunch at Shake Shack.

Then, the Top 100 Girl Scout Cookie Sellers gathered for an afternoon of fun at Climb Zone in Laurel, MD. These go-getters prove that when it comes to running their Cookie business, there is no height they can’t climb! Visit our Facebook page to view photos from both Top Seller events.


See you soon...

The new parent information page will take a break for the summer as we gear up for an amazing new Girl Scout year. In the meantime, stay connected with us on social media. We'll see you in September!   

May 2017

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.


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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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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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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. 

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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.  

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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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