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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.

    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, click here.

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital awarded 11 Girl Scouts with a Gold Award Scholarship of $2,000. And one Gold Award Girl Scout wh...



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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 Centre Drive
    Suite 110
    Kingstowne VA, 22315

     

  • 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 customercare@gscnc.org.

    Sincerely,

    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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  • What’s your Girl Scout doing this summer?


    There's still time to sign up for summer camp! Spaces are available at all four of our summer sleep-away camps and many of our day & evening camps! Click on the links below to see what sleep-away camps have openings!

    Camp Coles Trip | Camp May Flather
    Camp Potomac Woods | Camp Winona

    For more information about our summer sleep-away and day & evening camps, read our 2016 summer camp brochure:

      Full Brochure  View Online | Print Sleep-Away Camp View Online | Print Day and Evening Camp View Online | ...


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  • KPMG Future Leaders Program 2016


    In partnership with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, KPMG, will “pay it forward” to future generations of women leaders by providing leadership training to top high school senior female students from around the country through the KPMG Future Leaders Program. Girl Scout Ambassadors that are in 12th grade are invited to apply for this program that will help foster a strong foundation for success in college and ultimately in a future career. 

    The students selected will: 

    1) Receive a KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship of $10,000 per year for 4 years of college 

    2) Attend a three-day KPMG Future Leaders Retreat the summer before their freshman year of college, at Stanford University in Stanford, CA with one parent/guardian (July 11-13, 2016) 

    3) Actively participate in a one year KPMG Future Leaders Mentoring Program

    Each participant will be paired with a Next Generation woman leader mentor from the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. 

    For more information and to apply click here. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2016.

     

  • 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...



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