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Girl Scout troops and their families and friends will enjoy Girl Scout Days. It is a great ways to explore and enjoy activities with sister Girl Scouts from around the Council. Community Program Partners from around the region also schedule special events just for Girl Scouts. 

Check out some of the Girl Scout Days and special programs offered by the Council. Dates will be listed in Events and promoted to Girl Scout families through Rallyhood. 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.

Check back later for more information on our next Air and Space Day, March 12,2016.


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!

The application for the 2016 Congressional Aide program is available here and is due by March 1, 2016 to the DC office via mail or in-person. 


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. This year there were 5 Cookie Colleges throughout Council and many of our Girl Scouts participated in Cookie College through our Cookie College to Go Kits. Each one was a great success and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

We are excited about this year’s Cookie Sales and know our girls are prepared to successfully run their own cookie businesses. Be amazing!


DC Step Showcase

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual DC Step Showcase!

Join us Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC.

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 2016 Performance Guidelines.



Maker Day


Girl Scout Maker Day
Saturday May 7 2016, 1:00-4:00pm
Where? Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus in the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center

Have a project you would like to exhibit? Use these guidelines to help prepare for your application. Click here for the application.

Sign up here to receive updates and notifications regarding 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).


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.

Attend the Girl Scouts’ Conversations of Consequence: 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 request tickets.


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.


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

Check the events calendar for  more programs and details.

In the fall and winter, check-out our Yellow Pages to find Council programs and partner activities to enhance your Girl Scout experience.

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


Booz Allen Hamilton’s Make the Connection

Celebrating 10 years of programming and mentorship!

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. 

Registration will open two months before each program.

Make the Connection Jr.: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math: Oh My!–Sunday, March 20, 2016


Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge

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 you information and mailing address to receive your free patch. Click here to take the 2015-2016 Survey now!

New to this year, there will be a day-long Financial Palooza taking place as well as a Capital One Digital Skills Challenge. The Capital One digital Skills Challenge promotes the Girl Scouts' Digital Arts national curriculum-as well as introduce digital components to the existing financial literacy curriculum. Girl Scouts who complete both the Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge and the Capital One Digital Skills challenge will receive an accompanying patch. 2015-2016 Digital Skills Survey link coming soon!


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:

You have two ways to participate:

Earn a practical life-skills badge at your level with your troop. Then let us know which badge you earned between October 2015 and July 2016 by filling out this survey and we will send you a FREE GEICO patch while patch supplies last!


Attend one of the Art of Independence events hosted by Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. There will be four events offered throughout the council. They will be advertised on the GSCNC website and our publications as they are scheduled. 


Dine-Around Series


Beach Party Dine-Around
 Wednesday February 10 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Where? Washington, DC
Who? Girl Scout Seniors & Ambassadors


Mexican Fiesta Dine-Around
 Sunday March 6 2016, 1:30-3:30pm
Where? Arlington, VA
Who? Girl Scout Seniors & Ambassadors

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 with the following information: name, girl and parent email, contact phone number, Senior or Ambassador, troop number.