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  • Girl Scouts Partners with National Park Service to Give Girl Scouts Everywhere Access to the Outdoors

    21 Oct 2015

    Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

    Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

    “Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”

    Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders a...



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  • CapiTalk Newsletter!

    13 May 2015

    Click here to read the full spring edition of the CapiTalk newsletter!

    From the Desk of the CEO

    Dear Girl Scout Family,

    It's that time of year again, when flowers bloom, grass grows and Girl Scouts Early Bird registration opens for the 2015-2016 Girl Scout year. Claim your spot today!


    When you renew your girl's registration, you're saying yes to another year of new adventures, opportunities to make a difference and of course, fun!

    Read more…

    Camp Spaces Still Available!

    There's still time for your girl to have her best summer ever! Spaces are still available for programs like:

    Hundred Acre Woods: Girls in grades 1 through 2 will discover the Hundred Acre Woods as they venture to the Pooh Tree and have many other exciting adventures. Take home your very own hunny pot that you can fill with goodies

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  • 2015 Gold Award

    12 May 2015

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is proud to announce the Gold Award Class of 2015, 196 Girl Scouts from the Greater Washington Region. The Gold Award is the highest achievement earned in Girl Scouting. Girls demonstrate superior leadership, project management and a higher commitment to community service.  The Gold Award opens doors for Girl Scouts and is highly regarded by colleges, U.S. military and employers.

    “These Girl Scouts tackle tough issues and create projects that improve the lives of others,” said Lidia Soto-Harmon, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. “The Gold Award is a girl’s legacy in Girl Scouting.”

    From protecting endangered species and capturing oral histories, to teaching senior citizens about new technology, the Gold Award projects are sustainable solutions to a problem. They also serve as proof that Girl Scouts leave a lasting impact on their community and world.

    For a complete review of all 2015 Gold Award projects, read our Award Yearbook. 

    Also go to our Facebook page for our pictures from this year's In Your Honor event celebrating our Gold Award recipients. 

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  • From the Desk of the CEO

    06 May 2015

    Dear Girl Scout Family,

    Welcome to the new online home of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. Have a look around—we can’t wait for you to explore everything our new website has to offer.

    Our new website tells the Girl Scout story. With an improved navigation and mobile friendly design, it's easy to find national and Council programs and register for events. And that's not all. There's more exciting innovations in store. 

    In December we will introduce the online Volunteer Toolkit, which will initially come with program materials for Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop meetings. Girl Scout leaders will be able to manage their troop roster and plan activities for a Journey year, badge year, or create their own year!

    Last August, we launched Rallyhood, online communities for our members to stay connected and find out about program opportunities for girls and volunteers. As more of our members join the conversation on Rallyhood, communication and collaboration between the Council, troop leaders, volunteers and parents will be better than ever!

    All these tools will improve communications and transform the way we support...



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  • Girl Scouts First Maker Day

    25 Apr 2015

    The workforce demands skills in science, technology, engineering and math, and Girl Scouts is where girls can tinker and try their hands in creating innovation. Whether it’s a video game, a piece of furniture, or a robot, Girl Scout Makers like making things they’re excited about. Through making, girls learn creativity, innovation, and teamwork.  

    On April 25, 2015, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital held its first ever Maker Day.

    Over 40 Girl Scout troops from across the Council displayed projects showcasing their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math plus art) talents at interactive booths. More than 700 people attended Maker Day and learned from girls how to harness power from a potato, program a robot to do simple task, build a video game, make soap and cosmetics naturally and build a simple tool to pick up trash. Girls moved from the Maker Day exhibit hall to the Maker Center and created furniture and cool stuff out of cardboard boxes. They used code to program a robot watering a garden and created beats by programming language that connected virtual instruments.  

    At Maker Day, girls pushed boundaries, tested limits, and proved they have what it takes for a future in STEM. 

    See pictures from the event here

  • Made with Code

    23 Apr 2015

    Made with Code aims to change the way girls think about coding, and inspire them to consider careers in computer science. The program includes:

    • A new site where girls can try Blockly-based coding projects like growing a garden with a robot, learning to create animated GIFs, and even building beats for a music track.
    • A directory where volunteers, girls, and their parents can find additional coding resources and opportunities, such as camps and clubs.
    • Video profiles of girls and women who are using computer science in new and exciting ways.