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Check your Mail!
Troop leaders who were registered in our system by early August will receive a copy of Yellow Pages directly to their home.  Need Yellow Pages? For a limited time, copies will be available in each of our Girl Scout Council offices – stop by and pick one up! Can’t make it to an office? Email programaa@gscnc.org or call 202-274-2170 to make a request or ask questions.

You can also click here to download the digital version and start planning your new Girl Scout year right away!

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Coming soon: Troop Edition!
Troop Edition will include Council programs, events and local program opportunities brought to you by our Program Partners. Troop leaders and service unit managers will receive Troop Edition via email every Thursday and it will also be posted right here every week!

Through Girl Scout Days and special programs offered by the Council and our Community Program Partners, Girl Scout troops along with their families and friends can explore and enjoy activities with sister Girl Scouts from around the Council.

Dates and descriptions will be listed on our online events calendar and promoted to Girl Scout Troop Leaders and Service Unit Managers through Troop Edition. 

See below to find out more about:

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Air and Space Day
 

Come and explore exciting science activities during Girl Scout Day at the National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center! Join us for a family day that celebrates the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program women, have been making significant contributions. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.


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Congressional Aide
 

Girl Scout Ambassadors can combine service and citizenship by applying to participate in our Congressional Aide program. Girl Scouts are placed for one week in congressional offices, including Senators and Representatives, during the summer in a 40-hour internship. They learn first-hand about our nation's political process and help members of Congress and their staff with daily assignments behind the scenes. You can earn federal hours to apply towards your Silver Trefoil. Congressional Aide is an opportunity exclusively for Girl Scout Ambassadors in Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. Want to see what the Aides are doing? Keep up with their adventures here on our blog!

Congressional Offices interested in hosting a Girl Scout Ambassador should contact Abby Bradford at abradford@gscnc.org for more information.

*Girl Scouts is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse specific members of congress. Participation in the Congressional Aide program offers girls the opportunity to learn more about the federal government’s legislative process.

Check out photos from the 2016 Congressional Aide program here!


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Cookie College

At Cookie College, girls earn their diplomas in everything cookies! They learn about the business of selling, the history of Girl Scout cookies, and much more! Cookie College positions girls for success. Join us this year for Cookie College Main Campus December 10, 2016 at University of Maryland.  If you are unable to attend the event or want to host your own Cookie College, request a kit using our To-Go order form.


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DC Step Showcase
 

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The 11th Annual DC Step Showcase!
When? Saturday, February 25, 2017
Where? Trinity Washington University    
Who?  All Girl Scouts (K-12) and their families!

This Nation’s Capital signature event brings together Girl Scouts, friends, family members, and the community for an exciting celebration of Girl Scouting and creative performance.

Troops of all ages have created their own unique routines and will perform them at this year’s show. Want to support the step teams by cheering them on?

This community celebration is free to all, so come out and enjoy a festive day of fun and dance.

Just before the show, a free activity fair will be set up with crafts, games, and interactive exhibits from Council program partners.

Step is a form of dance in which the performers – usually as a group – use their entire bodies as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps.

Please Note: There is no registration for spectators. Entry will be first come, first served until capacity is reached.

If your troop is interested in showing off its stepping skills, make sure to sign up to perform in the Council's DC Step Showcase. Click here for the 2017 Performance Guidelines.

Click here for photos from the 2016 Step Showcase!

 


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Maker Day
 

Girl Scouts like making things they’re excited about—whether it’s a craft, a piece of furniture, a robot, or a computer program. Makers like to tinker, take things apart, and try and put them back together again in new ways. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. It doesn’t matter! Makers like to solve problems, and they like to make the world better. Sounds like Girl Scouts!

Making encourages creation and invention. It can be woven into any subject at any skill level and can help girls uncover their hidden STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math plus Art).


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Girl Scout Day at the Newseum
 

Girl Scouts Day at the Newseum offers an exciting look at the role journalism plays in society. Girl Scouts navigate the museum's displays and interactive exhibits, which chronicle hundreds of years of news history and the power of the freedom of speech.

The 2016 Girl Scout Day at the Newseum also featured Girl Scouts’ Conversations of Consequence. At this event, Girl Souts of all ages participated in a powerful dialogue with industry leaders and Gold Award Girl Scouts to raise awareness, ignite conversations, and inspire impact around the future of girls and women. Moderated by Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon.

Click here to see photos from Conversations of Conquence.


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Community Program Partners

 


Local community program partners offer Girl Scouts activities to enhance their experiences. From skiing to tea parties, there are many exciting opportunities for girls to do throughout this region.

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Premier Program Partners have undergone additional training to ensure their activities tie into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Click here to see what Program Partner events are coming up! 

You can also find Community Program Partner events and activities in the latest edition of Yellow Pages!

For more information on Council programs, or if you would like to offer programs for Girl Scouts, contact Abigail Bradford in the program department. 


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Booz Allen Hamilton’s Make the Connection

Since 2006, thousands of local girls have benefited from Make the Connection, a partnership between Booz Allen Hamilton and Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. Make the Connection is an innovative mentorship program that pairs Booz Allen Hamilton employees with Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors in a series of workshops where girls explore their skills, aptitudes and interests with some of the region’s best and brightest corporate leaders.

In addition to Make the Connection, which serves girls in grades 6-12, the Make the Connection Jr. for Girl Scout Juniors in grades 4-5 program will continue. At Make the Connection Jr. , girls will work side-by-side with Booz Allen employees to learn more about STEM careers while engaging in hands-on STEM activities.  Because girls’ confidence and interest in STEM begins to decline between 4th and 6th grade, this program is designed to show girls all of the opportunities STEM can offer.

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Make the Connection: Making Impressions (C/S/A)
Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 1-4pm
Registration Opens:  September 12, 2016

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Make the Connection: Career Explorations (C/S/A)
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 1-4pm
Registration Opens: December 1, 2016

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Make the Connection Jr. Science, Technology, Engineering & Math: Oh My! (J)
Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 1-4pm
Registration Opens: February 9, 2017

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Make the Connection: Me to We, Team-building Skills (C/S/A)
Sunday, April 22, 2017 | 1-4pm
Registration Opens: March 16, 2017


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Capital One Financial Fitness & Digital Arts Challenges

The Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge is back this year to challenge all 164 Service Units to become financially literate using Girl Scouts’ new national financial literacy curriculum and Capital One-branded supplemental education materials, resources and events.

Once girls have earned a Cookie Business or Financial Literacy Badge, let us know and earn an additional patch from Capital One! Click on the link to enter your information and mailing address to receive your free patch. Click here to take the 2015-2016 Survey now!

Did you know you can incorporate digital arts into your financial decisions! How? You can take a trip online to help plan your budget, design an “e-card” for your business, create a website and publish your business plan, shoot a movie and share your ‘think big’ idea and MORE! This challenge coincides with the Girl Scouts Badge Curriculum and is open to Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors. 

Join us in our Digital Arts Challenge and earn a free fun patch while supplies last!

Step 1: Earn your Digital Arts Badge
Step 2: Click here to fill out the short survey
Step 3: Receive your patch in 6-8 weeks! 


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GEICO Art of Independence

GSCNC’s and GEICO’s Art of Independence program will empower Girl Scouts to discover skills that will prepare them for a positive, healthy and independent future by earning a life-skills badge.

The life-skills badges are:

  • Girl Scout Brownie - My Great Day
  • Girl Scout Junior - Independence
  • Girl Scout Cadette - Babysitting
  • Girl Scout Ambassador - Car Care

Please check back this fall for more information on patches and event dates.


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Dine-Around Series

Are you working towards earning the Girl Scout Gold Award? Have you already earned the Girl Scout Gold Award? If so, we'd love to have you join us for one of our Dine-Arounds this season.

What's a Dine-Around? Dine-Arounds are informal dinners, brunches, teas or other events that are hosted by Women's Advisory Board members at their homes or businesses.  They are a unique chance to gain insight from successful women and will prove to be an amazing networking session. Please note there is no cost to attend a Dine-Around.

To register: email dinearounds@gscnc.org with the following information: name, girl and parent email, contact phone number, Senior or Ambassador, troop number.


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Driving My Financial Future

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Lead Like Low Challenge Weekend
When? October 28-30, 2016
Where? Camp Coles Trip   
Who? Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

 

During the weekend girls will have the chance to participate in fun activities such as archery, scavenger hunts, life-skills workshops, and much more! Registration now open!

Don’t have Seniors or Ambassadors? Use this Council-designed facilitation guide to host a local program for Girl Scout Cadettes. Once girls complete the program, let us know by completing this survey.

Cadette Savvy Spender Workshop – Adult Facilitation Guide

Our Council has many wonderful opportunities for girls to become financially savvy, thanks to a grant from Toyota Financial Services. Juniors through Ambassadors who earn two financial literacy badges can receive the badges for free along with a special participation patch, while supplies last. Let us know you earned the two badges by completing this survey.


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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Our Council is developing new ideas for girls to learn the basics of STEM while staying safe and having fun!

Robotics Initiative
The Council is piloting a robotics program and we are looking for adventurous Junior troops to take part. If your troop is interested and has an adult who is willing to be a robotics mentor, please attend our Robotics Open House on September 21. Let us know you’re coming and sign up to receive more information by completing this survey.

STEM fun patch!
Girl Scouts of all ages will have the opportunity to explore STEM fields and earn the Council’s brand new STEM fun patch! The patch guide will include community partners, Girl Scout events, and experiments related to STEM. Keep an eye out later this fall on our Council’s Kits and Patches page for the activity booklet.

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Presidential Election

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We are anticipating once again that Girl Scouts will be part of the upcoming Presidential Inauguration activities – a role that we have been part of for nearly 100 years! We are looking for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors to help out in a variety of ways.

Previous opportunities have including helping along the parade route, providing directions at Metro stations, and handing out flags.

If your Senior or Ambassador troop is interested in being considered for Inauguration volunteer opportunities, please complete this interest indicator survey.

Please note: this is not a registration; a lottery at a later time will identify who has been selected to volunteer.