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  • Coming August 3, new volunteer background screening


    Girl Scouts relies on dedicated adult volunteers to deliver the best experience to girls. Beginning August 3, new volunteers and volunteers who have not completed the Volunteer Application Process (VAP) will need to complete a background check. The current VAP will be in effect through August 2. Volunteer today.

    Volunteer Screening FAQ’s
    Thank you for choosing to volunteer with Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital. For the safety of our girls, we ask that volunteers complete a background check and be a registered member before she/he may volunteer with a troop. The Council reserves the right to rescreen for the duration of your volunteer service with Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. The processing fee is $8.00 and financial assistance is available.

    Do I have to complete the background check if I am already a volunteer?
    Volunteers who completed the Volunteer Application Process (VAP) or paper application will not have to complete the initial screening.  New Girl Scout volunteers must complete the background check beginning August 3. If you are not sure whether you’ve completed the VAP or paper application, check your Service Unit Team Rally for a complete listing. If your name is not on the list then you must complete the background check.

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  • Four Outstanding Women Named Girl Scouts’ 2015 “Women of Distinction”


    Martinsburg, WV – The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital has named four women from the Eastern Panhandle as the 2015 “Women of Distinction”.   They will be recognized at the 11th annual Women of Distinction luncheon this fall on Wednesday, October 14, at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV. 

    The women were selected by their peers for outstanding work in the community, contribution to their professions, and serving as outstanding role models for young women. Bridget Cohee, Linda Largent McGraw, Lynne Seibert Steptoe, and Pam Wagoner will join the distinguished rank of women who have received the Women of Distinction honor over the past ten years.  

    Bridget Cohee’s determination and strong work ethic have effected positive change in the Eastern Panhandle.  Bridget’s community involvement includes: Shepherd University Board of Governors; United Way of the Eastern Panhandle; Contemporary American Theater Festival; Young Professionals of the Eastern Panhandle; Court Appointed Guardian ad litem; and St. Joseph Angels.  Since 2000 Bridget has practiced in the litigation department of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Martinsburg office, and is presently managing member there.  Bridget has been named a Best Lawyer in America; additionally, she has been recognized by The State Journal as one of West Virginia’s Top Lawyers and as part of their Generation Next: 40 Under 40 in 2006.  She has been admitted to pr...



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  • Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Colleen Duffey’s Story


    For proof that the skills and confidence built through Girl Scouting has an everlasting impact on girls’ lives, look no further than Girl Scout Alumna and Gold Award awardee Colleen Duffey.

    Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Colleen found her passion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and developed the skills necessary to help her become a leader in a male-dominated field. Today, only a quarter of STEM workers are female.

    “Girl Scouts gave me the opportunity to feel comfortable to explore a career in STEM,” she said. “It paved the way for my interest in figuring out how things work, how to make them work better, how to fix them when they break and how to be innovative.”

    Colleen earned her Gold Award in 1999 by making a local campsite wheelchair accessible, widening doors and paths and building ramps to the cabins. After seeing how she could use engineering to improve the camping experience for her sister Girl Scouts, Colleen was inspired to pursue Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.    

    She says the lifelong lessons and skills gained through Girl Scouting made all the difference in her career.

    “Girl Scouts built my confidence by creating a safe environment that encouraged my leadership development,” she said. “I was m...



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  • Camp out on the White House South Lawn


    In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, the Let’s Move campaign and Great Outdoors Month, Girl Scouts had the sleepover of a lifetime during the first ever campout on the White House South Lawn, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Girls practiced tying knots, took on the rock wall, and worked on their orienteering skills. The girls received a surprise visit from President Obama, who joined them for a round of campfire songs, followed by a group hug. Stargazing with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman capped off an unforgettable day for these Girl Scouts.

    The event also celebrated the release of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges. While the badges themselves will be available in the fall, girls can now download guidelines for earning the Outdoor Adventurer, Horseback Riding, Archery, Paddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge badges.

    View more photos from the day on our Facebook page.

  • Five New Outdoor Badges Now Available


    You voted, and now they’re here! This summer, girls will have the opportunity to earn Outdoor AdventurerHorseback RidingArcheryPaddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge badges. The Girls’ Choice Outdoor badge materials and guidelines are now available online.

    While girls can begin earning badges this summer, the badges themselves and the physical booklets will be available from the Council shops in the fall. Stay tuned to our website for more information. 

  • Congressional Aide


    It’s that’s time again! Girl Scout Ambassadors from across the Council are taking to Capitol Hill to participate in our historic Congressional Aide program. Over the course of a week, girls shadow congressional offices, where they learn first-hand about our nation's political process and help members of Congress and their staff with daily assignments.

    As girls take phone calls, give tours, attend hearings and more, they have the opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes look at our government. The Congressional Aide program builds girls’ civic knowledge and professional skills, and inspires a lifetime commitment to public service.

    View more photos from Congressional Aide by visiting our Facebook page. 

  • Be Prepared for the Best Camp Experience Ever!


    It’s nearly that time again! As we approach the start of summer sleepaway camp, we’re providing helpful tips to make sure your daughter will have a summer she’ll never forget.

    ·       Some first-time campers might become homesick—but it’s a normal part of the camp experience! If it’s your daughter’s first overnight experience without you, try arranging for her to have overnights with friends before she leaves for camp.

    ·       Help her get ready to meet new friends at camp by practicing introducing yourself with your daughter.

    ·       When packing, have your daughter pack her own bag and roll up her sleeping bag, since she will be responsible for doing this herself at camp.

    ·       Pack each day’s change of clothes in Ziploc bags so she can pull out clothes one day at a time and keep dirty clothes separate. 

    ·       Leave those iPods, cell phones and tablets at home. Camp is all about unplugging and experiencing nature!

    There are still a few camp spaces available. Visit our Summer Camp 2015 to find out which programs still have openings. 

  • Sun Safety Tips!


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

    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 Sun Safety patch program offers the following tips:

      Encourage your children to play in the shade and avoid outdoor activities when the sun’s rays are the strongest (10:00 am – 4:00pm)...


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  • Rock the Mall Anniversary


    On June 9, 2012, more than a quarter of a million Girl Scouts from across the country gathered on the national mall to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout. This week, as we celebrate the three-year anniversary of Girl Scouts Rock the Mall, we’re reminiscing about this historic event during our Rock the Mall rewind. Visit our Facebook page to share with us your favorite memories from the day.

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


    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!


    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!

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    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.
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