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  • Inclement Weather Notice: Cookie College

    Due to inclement weather, all December 9 Cookie College sessions at College Park and Washington, DC have been CANCELLED. Participants should check their email for details. With questions, please contact Program Manager Mankaa Ngwa-Suh – or Senior Program Specialist Sara Tyler –


  • The G.I.R.L. Agenda

    The G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts is a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. The multiyear effort celebrates the Girl Scout legacy of civic engagement programming—which now includes a new badge for girls as young as five—and will provide girls and adults with tools to be catalysts for change who strengthen their communities and the world.

    Civic action is all about working to make a difference for the common good. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has supported girls by offering resources that prepare them to lead, lift their voices, champion their views, and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them. When it comes to improving society, every person who identifies with the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ Agenda has a role and a responsibility.

    The G.I.R.L. Agenda makes it simple and rewarding to access free  civic engagement resources derived from Girl Scout programming to prepare all G.I.R.L.s to do the below and more:

    • Advocate for positive change in their communities. Cassandra, a 17-year-old Ambassador, has been fighting to end child marriage in New Hampshire.

    • Stand up against everyday injustices. Muslim Girl Scouts in California educate their community by holding an annual Open Mosque Day to combat Islamophobia.

    • Challenge unfair policies and champion causes....

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  • Meet our G.I.R.L. Squad!

    Girl Scouts is girl-led, so there’s no one better to tell the Girl Scout story than our girls themselves! This year, teen Girl Scouts will become citizen journalists as they take over our Instagram and blog as members of our G.I.R.L. Squad. Learn more about them below, and be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with all their Girl Scout adventures. 

    Girl Scout Senior | District Heights, MD
    Favorite thing about Girl Scouts? Everything!

    Girl Scout Senior | Brunswick, MD
    Favorite thing about Girl Scouts? Camping, STEM and service

    Girl Scout Cadette | Ashburn, VA
    Favorite thing about Girl Scouts? Camping, cookie entrepreneurship and service

    Girl Scout Senior | Silver Spring, MD
    Favorite thing about Girl Scouts? Camping, cookie entrepreneurship and community service

    Girl Scout Senior | Bethesda, MD
    Favorite thing about Girl Scouts? Service and camping

    Girl Scout Senior | Ashburn, VA F...

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  • 2018 DC Step Showcase

    Girl Scout troops of all ages are you ready to STEP!

    Troops can create a unique STEP routine and perform at the 2018 Girl Scout DC Step Showcase. The step art form was cultivated by Greek sororities and fraternities at Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The syncopated, percussive rhythms formed by precise and stylized movements, combined with call-and-response has its roots in Africa. Today, the art form is enjoyed by all.

    Watch this YouTube video to learn the basics.

    Ready to sign up to perform? See the Guidelines for rules and requirements for participating and Click here to register.  

    Calling all sororities!

    Are you interested in volunteering to help a troop prepare their routine for the 2018 DC Step Showcase? Complete this survey and get partnered with a Girl Scout troop. 

    Mark your calendar to come out and support the Girl Scout DC Step Showcase on Saturday, February...

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  • Welcome to a New Girl Scout Year!

    We just had an amazing day kicking off a new Girl Scout year with all our dedicated administrative volunteers. I am excited about all the new programs that are in store for our girls. We are launching 23 new STEM and Outdoor badges, which will have girls thinking like engineers, computer programmers and citizen scientists! We’re also offering a new high adventure course at Girl Scout Camp White Rock that ends with a thrilling 300 foot zip line. It’s never been a better time to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader) at Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital.

    I want to thank you for your continued commitment to Girl Scouts. We offer the world’s best leadership experience for girls. Nowhere else do girls have the opportunity to run their own business to finance their dreams; learn about our democracy as a Congressional Aide; push their personal boundaries climbing 35 feet above the ground on our high adventure ropes course; or demonstrate leadership by teaching healthy habits to youth in underserved communities, and earning Girl Scouts’ highest achievement, the Gold Award.

    You may be aware of recent news that Boy Scouts of America is considering allowing girls to join their program. We respect the Boy Scout program and what they offer boys. We understand that many of our Girl Scout families have deep ties to both organizations, and we hope that continues. We want you to know that Girl Scouts will continue to be an independe...

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  • Three Outstanding Women Named Girl Scouts’ 2017 “Women of Distinction”

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital has named three women from the Eastern Panhandle as the 2017 “Women of Distinction”.  They will be recognized at the 13th annual Women of Distinction luncheon this fall. The women, nominated by community members, were selected by their peers for outstanding volunteerism in the community, contribution to their professions, and being exemplary role models for young women.  They epitomize the qualities of Girl Scouts’ G.I.R.L. campaign: Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders™.  Vicki Jenkins, Peggy Smith, and Becky Stotler will join the distinguished rank of women who have received the Women of Distinction honor over the past 12 years – and this year all three honorees are former Girl Scouts themselves!

    Vicki Jenkins has been a dedicated educator for over 35 years, retiring from James Rumsey Technical Institute in 2012, after serving nine years as Director/Principal.  She graduated Shepherd College, earned a Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, and has completed all course work toward a doctorate. She is certified in Public Health Administration and has been named Morgan County Teacher of the Year and West Virginia Home Economics Teacher of the Year. She was inducted into the Career and Technical “Hall of Fame” in 2013, and was selected West Virginia’s Outstanding Career and Technical (CTE) Administrator.  Most recently she was named the 2017 Hedgesville Hig...

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  • Girl Scouts Earn Highest Awards

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is proud to announce our Gold Award class of 2017, made up of 159 inspiring G.I.R.L.s (Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-taker and Leaders)TM. The Gold Award is the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. Through their projects, Gold Award Girl Scouts advocated for the arts, inspired the next generation to love STEM and financial literacy and fought cyberbullying and the stigma of mental illness in their schools.

    The Gold Award represents a girl’s legacy in Girl Scouting, the culmination of over 80 hours of work on a project that has a sustainable impact in her community and beyond.

    “Gold Award Girl Scouts demonstrate a higher commitment to service, tackling a broad spectrum of issues that are important to each girl. These remarkable young women have demonstrated drive and determination to become agents for change,” said Lidia Soto-Harmon, Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital.

    At the In Your Honor ceremony, held Saturday, May 13, 2017, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital awarded 14 outstanding Gold Award Girl Scouts each with a $1,000 scholarship. One Gold Award Girl Scout, Carolyn Z, was recognized as a Young Woman of Distinction and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship.  During the ceremony, journalist and author Christine Brennan delivered the keynote address to the honorees and their families.

    Each year, Girl Scout Juniors and higher hav...

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  • Girl Scout Week (March 12-18th)

    The Girl Scout Law & Girl Scout Promise

    Girl Scouts is committed to diversity and inclusion, providing our leadership program to girls in grades K-12, of all racial, ethnic, religious or socioeconomic groups. Together, with the support and commitment of dedicated adult volunteers and role models, girls have the opportunity to find—and become—leaders in their communities and the world. 

    Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faith’s religious recognitions. Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin, which complements existing religious recognitions and allows girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts.

    Once each year, a girl can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith. Girl Scout relies on the community for help in sponsorship and providing meeting places. Thank you to the churches, schools, and individuals who support Girl Scouting.

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  • Hear Girls’ Voices: Why Girl Scouts Marched in the Inaugural Parade

    By Lidia Soto-Harmon, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital

    Girl Scouts who marched on January 20th in the Inaugural Parade did so for the chance to witness history, and to learn first-hand about a vital element of the democratic process: the peaceful transition of power. They also had the opportunity to represent Girl Scouts and to stand for women everywhere. This took courage, confidence and character, and it was an opportunity we had to provide them, just as we’ve done for the past 100 years. We are very proud of each of these girls.

    At Girl Scouts, we respect the rights of each individual girl and adult member to make their own decisions. Beginning last September, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors voluntarily signed up to secure an opportunity to participate in the presidential inaugural activities. With the outcome of the election unknown, close to two thousand girls were ready to serve. After the election some declined; however, many remained eager to participate. In the end, we were given the opportunity for 75 Girl Scouts to march in the 58th presidential inaugural parade by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

    Girl Scouts strives to help each girl tap into her leadership potential to develop the courage, confidence and character to make our world a better place. Believe it or not, women had to fight for the right to participate in the inaugural parade back in 1917. Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital has pro...

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  • Girl Scout Cookies on Sale in Greater Washington Region New Girl Scout S'mores™ Cookie Is Here!

    WASHINGTON—The iconic Girl Scout Cookie sale is back in the Greater Washington Region, with a new cookie--Girl Scout S’mores. This year the cookie line-up includes: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiles, and at select locations, gluten-free Toffee-tastics. Girl Scouts have begun door-to-door selling to friends and family, and beginning February 17, cookie booths will open at local supermarkets and businesses throughout our region.

    The new Girl Scout S’mores cookie is a crunchy graham cracker sandwich with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling. It pays tribute to Girl Scouts’ long history of outdoor experiences. 

    Girl Scouts enjoyed making S’mores around the campfire back to the 1920s. In fact, the organization was one of the first to publish a S’mores recipe under the name “Some More” in the 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine, and then as “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scout publication.

    The 2017 cookie season marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts.. What started as a bake sale in 1917 has grown into the largest girl-led entrepreneurial business in the nation. In 2016, Girl Scouts in this region alone sold nearly 4.3 million boxes of cookies. Girl Scout Cookies are $4.00 a box, except the gluten-...

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  • Hello, Troop Edition!

    We are discontinuing the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Family Rally effective October 3, 2016. In its place, troop leaders and service unit managers will receive Troop Edition via email every Thursday. Troop Edition will include Council programs, events and local program opportunities brought to you by our Program Partners. We hope you will find this tool easy to use when planning activities with your troop. Troop Edition will also be posted on our website weekly. 

    And... there are more Rallies for you to join! Do you have questions about the Gold Award? Is your troop eager to build up their outdoor skills? Get your questions answered from the best resources we have: your fellow volunteers! Join the conversation on Rallyhood, where we have discussion rallies for many Girl Scout topics. These discussion rallies are great for questions, comments and peer-to-peer sharing. To join these rallies, visit

    Additionally, your service unit team may be using Rallyhood to share information, with the volunteers and troops in your area. To get connected, reach out to your service unit team. For questions about Rallyhood, please contact the Adult Volunteer Development Department at 202-534-3768.

    These Rallies are Waiti...

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  • SHARE Art & Design Contest

    Are you inspired by the Girl Scout mission? Create an original piece of art that highlights the importance of supporting SHARE and shows what Girl Scouting means to you.

    Your art may be featured on our 2017 SHARE envelope, on our Facebook page and at our President’s Circle Dinner, which honors donors who give at the $1,000 or more level. One winner will also receive a pair of tickets to the President’s Circle Dinner.

    Submit your art by Monday, January 16 to:

    Attn: Michelle Eider
    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital
    4301 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 2M
    Washington, DC 20008

    OR email Michelle Eider,

    Include your name, city, state, phone number and email. The winner(s) will be notified by email.

    What is SHARE?

    SHARE your love of Girl Scouting is our friends and family giving campaign. It provides necessary funding to support the mission of Girl Scouting in the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital region. The money raised provides resources to help all girls and adults fully participate in Girl Scouts. 

    All money stays in 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...

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  • Three Outstanding Women Named Girl Scouts’ 2016 “Women of Distinction”

    The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital has named three women from the Eastern Panhandle as the 2016 “Women of Distinction”.  They will be recognized at the 12th annual Women of Distinction luncheon this fall on Wednesday, October 12, at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.

    The women, nominated by community members, were selected by their peers for outstanding volunteerism in the community, contribution to their professions, and being exemplary role models for young women.  Alice Barkus, Lisa Bivens, and Vickie Elliott will join the distinguished rank of women who have received the Women of Distinction honor over the past 11 years.

    Alice Barkus is a native of West Virginia who has been very active in the community since returning to Jefferson County in 2002.  Most notably she has served on the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle Boards for more than 10 years and has been a leading force in their Day of Caring.  She is also on the boards of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the American Conservation Film Festival, and is an active committee member for Friends of Music at Shepherd University.  In 2005 Alice was awarded United Way of Jefferson County’s Van Ryzin Award, and in 2007 she received their Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Lisa Bivens, a lifelong resident of Berkeley County, serves as Executive Director of Panhandle Home Health, Inc. where she has worked since 1984.  She is a past president of Sunrise R...

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  • Sun Safety Tips for Summer

    Learn the best tips on how to protect your child from sun damaging rays this summer with the Girl Scout’s Sun Safety patch program! This program is available to Girl Scout troops and offered at many of our Girl Scout summer camps.

    Did you know?

    Melanoma, one of the most deadly of all skin cancers, is increasing faster than any other group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980. It is the most common form of cancer for young adults (25-29 years old) and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults  (15-29 years old). However, if caught early, melanoma can be effectively treated.

    The Girl Scout Sun Safety patch program uses fun activities to educate girls about the unseen, but dangerous, ultraviolet rays from the sun. At Girl Scout camps, girls learn how to protect themselves from the sun. Using special UV-sensitive beads and nail polish, girls make bracelets and manicures that turn colors when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays! Girls receive a Sun Safety patch (which also changes colors when exposed to ultraviolet rays), when they complete the program! 

    The Girl Scout ...

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  • Girl Scouts Earn Highest Award: the Gold Award

    Gold Award Marks its 100th Anniversary

    Gold Award Girl Scouts change the world. They’ve conducted workshops to prevent girls from becoming victims of violent crimes, established science labs and classroom curriculum for a school in Siri Lanka, taught elementary school student how to plant and maintain a community garden, and so much more. Gold Award Girl Scouts demonstrate leadership and a passion for making the world a better place. Read more in our Washington Business Journal insert!

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts highest award. Since 1916, Girl Scouts have gained proficiency in skills and taken action to serve their community. This year, 163 Gold Award Girl Scouts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia have left a legacy in their communities. On Saturday, May 14, we honored Girl Scouts who earned their Gold Award and Silver Trefoil at the In Your Honor ceremony at Trinity Washington University. Click here to see photos from the event. To read the remarks from our keynote speaker, Barbara Krumsiek,...

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  • Our Lorton Office has Moved!

    Our Lorton, VA office has moved to a new location in Kingstowne, VA! You can find us across the street from Kingstowne Center at the following address:

    5680 King Center Dr. Suite 110
    Kingstowne, VA 22315
    Phone:  571-642-0253
    Fax: 571-642-0294

    Visit our Map page for a complete list of Council locations!


  • Girl Scout Membership Fee Increase for the Fiscal 2018 Girl Scout Year

    Dear Girl Scout Family,

    As a valued Girl Scout member I would like to share with you an important announcement from Girl Scouts of the USA, CEO Anna Maria Chavez. Starting with the Girl Scout 2018 membership year, which officially begins October 1, 2017, the annual national membership dues will increase to $25.00 for girls and adults.  All membership dues go directly to the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. This upcoming increase is needed to support GSUSA’s research and continued investment and development of new technology platforms, and enhancements to girls’ program experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) , entrepreneurship, the outdoors and life skills. You can find more information on the GSUSA blog that was released today.

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is committed to ensuring that all girls, regardless of financial means, can fully participate in our Girl Scout program, and will provide financial assistance accordingly.  If you have any questions, or would like to provide us with feedback please email


    Lidia Soto-Harmon Chief Executive Officer Girl...

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  • Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Names New Director of Human Resources

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela C. Baker to the position of Director of Human Resources.  She will be responsible for personnel management functions, including negotiating benefits, counseling staff, and recruiting talent to make Girl Scouts an employer of choice in our region.

    Ms. Baker has a long career leading human resources departments across the country.  She was regional Human Resources Director for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Glen Burnie, MD, and Human Resources Director with Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia.  She was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Ms. Baker received her MA in Human Resources Development and Management from Marymount University and her BA in Industrial Psychology from Towson University in Maryland.

    Ms. Baker is a Girl Scout alumna with fond memories of selling Girl Scout cookies to everyone she knew. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

    Angela’s experience and dynamic personality will be an asset to our staff team as she leads all aspect of the human resources functions for our organization,” said Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital.

    Ms. Baker resides in Fort Washington, MD with her husband and teenage son. She is active in her community and church.  

  • Virginia Members: Support HB942

    Thank you for your support!

    We are thrilled to announce that Governor McAuliffe signed House Bill 942 on Friday, April 1, which will allow Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other youth organizations better access to schools to  make students and their families aware of our programs. It will become law on July 1,2016. Thank you to all who lent their voice to getting this legislation past.

    To our Virginia Members: We are almost there! After a few revisions to House Bill 942, it has passed the review of the Senate Education and Health Committee and will now go to the floor of the Senate for a final vote on Monday. This bill allows Girl Scouts Nation's Capital staff and volunteers to distribute educational materials in Virginia schools encouraging participation in Girl Scouts.

    Once again, we need your help. Please take a moment and call or email your senator voicing your support of this bill. With its passage, Girl Scouts will have access to schools for the purpose of connecting with students and their families. As you know from our previous communications, accessing schools in some areas has been a growing challenge for us. Without this bill, many girls may not learn about the valuable program we offer and lose out on all the benefits that come with being a Girl Scout – courage, confidence and character. Thank you for taking time to support this bill – and for supporting Girl Scouts. Lidia Soto-Harmon<...

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  • Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Selects New Chief Financial Officer

    Laura Bassett to Head-Up Finance and Strategy

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Bassett to the position of Chief Financial Officer. She will be responsible for financial planning and budgeting, record-keeping, contracts, as well as financial reporting for the 15.6M nonprofit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC. In addition, Ms. Bassett will oversee operations of the organization’s iconic cookie sale, technology, retail operations, and eight camps and six offices.

    Ms. Bassett has a long career leading financial departments in the publishing industry, previously working for Sunset Publishing Corp, Gannett, and a host of independent newspapers. She received her MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University and Bachelors in Finance from the University of Massachusetts. Along with her strong expertise in finance, Ms. Bassett is dedicated to the mission of the Girl Scout organization, volunteering as a troop leader and in the cookie program.

    Ms. Bassett grew-up as a Girl Scout, rising to the highest level of achievement, known at the time as First Class, (today, called the Gold Award). She is also the proud parent of a Gold Award Girl Scout. She began her employment at Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital managing the Girl Scout Cookie Program, where she successfully took the operations, painstakingly done by hand by thousands of volunteers to computer record keeping.  She quickly progressed to positions...

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  • Amazing New Technology!

    Your Girl Scout experience just got even more amazing. Take advantage of Volunteer Systems, a new system where parents, volunteers and members can manage their membership information; and troop leaders have access to the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), an amazing new tool to help troop leaders spend more time where it counts—with their girls.

    Current members should have recieved an important email from that allowed you to set-up your profile.  If you are a current volunteer, and your Girl Scout volunteer role is not listed in your profile, please select the appropriate volunteer position.

    Once you’ve set up your login information, go to our website and click on the “My GS” portal in the upper right hand toolbar, and start exploring!

    Have questions? We’ve got you covered. Read our Frequently Asked Questions below or click the following links to download a printable version.

    About Volunteer Systems | About the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)


    About Volunteer Systems

    What is Volunteer Systems? </...

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