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New: HPE Cybersecurity Program for JuniorsPlug in and learn about cybersecurity.

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have partnered to create an interactive, plugged in cybersecurity program to teach Girl Scout Juniors cybersecurity basics. Girl Scout Juniors will explore online exercises and apply their knowledge to a fun online game called Cyber Squad. 

The program satisfies the requirements for the GSUSA Cybersecurity Badges 2: Safeguards and Cybersecurity 3: Investigator. Girl Scout Juniors will be able to earn the Cybersecurity Badges plus the HPE Cybersecurity patch, while learning about cybersecurity through an awesome online game! HPE Cybersecurity patch is free while supplies last.

Girl Scout Junior Troop leaders can find the link and password to all the HPE Cybersecurity program materials including the Cyber Squad game on the VTK. Go to the "Resources" tab and click "more" under the Junior tab.

To view a recorded webinar from HPE explaining more about this program, register here.


 

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Through Girl Scout Days and special programs offered by the Council and our Community Program Partners, Girl Scout troops along with their families and friends can explore and enjoy activities with sister Girl Scouts from around the Council.

Dates and descriptions will be listed on our online events calendar and promoted to Girl Scout Troop Leaders and Service Unit Managers through Troop Edition.

Booz Allen Hamilton’s Make the Connection

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.

Congressional Aide

2019 Congressional Aide Application Now Available!

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!

Apply to this year’s program through our online application.

If you want to preview the questions, download our  2019 Application Preview Guide.

Cookie Related Programs

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the ultimate girl-led business venture. It is so much more than selling cookies! Girls learn 5 skills that will last a lifetime: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

To help girls learn these skills, many attended Cookie Convention and Cookie College while others completed requirements to earn the Cookie Entrepreneur Patch. Participating in these events have given our girls the skills and advantage needed to successfully run their cookie booths.

Check back in September for a line-up of activities for the 2019-2020 Cookie Season.

DC Step and Talent Showcase

 This Nation's Capital signature event brings together Girl Scouts, friends, family members, and the community for an exciting Black History Month fair, Girl Scout step teams and, new this year, talent performances. This community celebration is free to all, so come out and enjoy a festive day of fun and excitement.  

Dine-Around Series

Are you a Senior or Ambassador 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. There is no cost to attend a Dine-Around.

Please Note: Due to limited capacity Dine-Arounds are not troop events but for individual girls to register.

To register: email dinearounds@gscnc.org with the following information: name, girl and parent email, contact phone number, Senior or Ambassador, troop number.


Previous Dine-Around Events

Mexican Fiesta

When: Sunday, January 6, 2019 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Arlington, VA 
Hosts for this event are Kathy McKinless (Consultant, Archdiocese of Washington), Denise Hart (Co-Founder & President, O2 Lab, Inc.),Cheryle Mack ( VP Commercial Banking & Relationship Manager, Burke & Herbert Bank) and Carin Gendell (President, The Gendell Group)

Yoga

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Washington, DC (NW area) 
Hosts for this event are Debra Silimeo (Executive Vice President, Hager Sharp), Katharine Burke (COO & VP, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer) and Marilyn Burroughs (Principal, New Leaf Collaboration Architecture & Design).

Mindfulness

When: Sunday, March 3, 2019 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Bethesda, MD 

Hosts for this event are Linda Loranger (Sr. Vice President & Director, Health Policy Team Burness Communications), Leslie Furst (COO, Blackfin Real Estate Investors, LLC), Carin Gendell (President, The Gendell Group) and Susan Moser (Managing Partner Washington Practice Cherry Bekaert LLP).

English Tea

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Alexandria, VA 
Hosts for this event are Margie Auer (Veterans Law Judge, Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Dept. of Veterans Affairs) and Marilyn Burroughs (Owner & Principal, New Leaf Collaborative Architecture & Design) and Cheryle Mack (VP, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, Burke & Herbert Bank).

Yoga

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Washington, DC (NW area) 
Hosts for this event are Debra Silimeo (Executive Vice President, Hager Sharp),Katharine Burke (COO & VP, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer) and Marilyn Burroughs(Principal, New Leaf Collaboration Architecture & Design).

National Zoo Hike

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Washington, DC 
Your hosts for this event are Betsy Lewis (Partner, Cooley, LLP), Stephanie Tsacoumis (Faculty, Georgetown University), Margie Siegel (MAS Consulting) and Dee Dee Mendez (HR Consultant, CFP Board Center).

GEICO Art of Independence

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and GEICO’s Art of Independence program empowers Girl Scouts to discover skills that will prepare them for a positive, healthy and independent future by earning a life skills badge. Find the life skills badge requirement in It’s Your Planet Badge Activity Set

Attention: Brownies and Juniors

Troop Leaders visit the Volunteer ToolKit (VTK) and check out the planning materials for great ideas. The Council also has a Brownie Family Tip Sheet and Junior Family Tip Sheet that can be downloaded for more GREAT ideas.

The Life- Skill Badges are:

My Great Day – The My Great Day badge teaches Girl Scouts Brownies (grades 2-3) that life is more fun when it’s running smoothly and encourages them to be organized – so there’s more time to play!

Independence – The Independence badge encourages Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) to start taking care of themselves, learn their capabilities, and show their families they are learning how to be responsible. Topics include: transportation, breaking bad habits, taking care of clothes, and helping around the house.

Babysitter – The Babysitter badge teaches Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) how to be well-prepared, responsible and effective babysitters. Girls learn about how kids develop, how to focus on play, how to find employers, and what to do when challenges arise.

Car Care – By fulfilling the requirements for the Car Care badge, Girl scouts Seniors (grades 9-10) learn basic car care maintenance, vehicle safety, safe driving practices, what to do in an emergency, and how to drive for a greener world. 

Thank you for participating in GEICO’s Challenge, 1,000 Nation’s Capital Girl Scouts received the Challenge.  The challenge has come to an end. Thank you, GEICO for this generous grant to expand Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital life-skills!

Girl Scout Day at the Air and Space Museum

Come and explore exciting science activities during our annual Women in Aviation & Space Family 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. Take the controls of a flight simulator, go inside an inflatable planetarium, see the Space Shuttle Discovery, experiment with the forces of gravity, and speak with female scientists and engineers all on the same day.

Click here to see photos from last year. 

Girl Scout Day at Hillwood

Celebrate spring with a fun-filled, festive day at Hillwood! Girls will earn badges while they explore enchanting gardens, discover glittering treasures in the mansion, and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities.

Play lawn games such as badminton, hula hoop, and jump rope, try costumes from a collection of hero's capes and royal crowns, and create works of art including self-portraits and fancy placemats inspired by Hillwood's art collection.

Girl Scout Day at the Nationals

Get ready to run the bases at Girl Scout Day at the Nationals. Girl Scouts who attend will receive a limited edition Nationals Girl Scout Patch and a discounted game ticket! Check back soon for more information.

Girl Scout Day at the Newseum

We hope to see you on Saturday, March 2, 2019!

Girl Scout 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.

Race across a giant game board as you play Front Page Frenzy, a game that uses historical front pages featuring accomplishments of famous women.

Make a craft that represents your message at the Express Yourself station.

Girl Scout karaoke debuted last year and it’s back by popular demand! Show off your best singing voice with our popular karaoke “Girl Scouts Sing!”

This event is open to Girl Scouts of all ages. Girl Scouts (and those attending with Girl Scouts) are eligible for discounted tickets of $11 each, which includes access to the museum’s exhibits and the extra activities. Tickets purchased before Monday, February 11 are also guaranteed a free patch.

Many activities at Newseum Day can also apply to Girl Scout Journeys and Badges. Click here to get ideas about connecting your visit to your Girl Scout Leadership Experience!

Get your Newseum Day tickets here.

Visit our Events Calendar for more information.

Take a look at photos from last year click here.

Girl Scout Days for Women's Suffrage Centennial

August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the full ratification of the 19th Amendment - giving women the right to vote. During the next 1.5 years, our Council is partnering with community organizations to host programs celebrating this centennial. Girls will have opportunities to participate in hands-on activities to learn about the history and figures around the Women’s Suffrage Movement, the power of girls’ voices, and what advocacy means to Girl Scouts today. Girl Scouts can work on citizenship badges, learn about the historical suffrage parades, make suffrage sashes or parade banners, and tour historical landmarks that played a role in the suffrage movement.


  Save the Date! 

October 19, 2019
Girl Scout Day with the National Woman's Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. All levels.

Inauguration Parade


Left: March 1917, Girl Scouts march in President Wilson’s Inauguration. Right: January 2011, Girl Scouts volunteer at President Obama’s Inauguration.

For 100 years, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital has had the unique honor of participating in the presidential inauguration. The event is a symbol of our democracy and the peaceful transition of power. Inauguration Day occurs in the USA once every four years on January 20. It occurs in the year after presidential elections have been held.

Check back in 2019 to learn about the 2020 inaugural program with Girl Scouts.

Maker Day

Maker Day will not be held this year. We are preparing for the Girl Scout EXPO 2019 where we will have booths and activities focused around STEM and making. We hope to see you there November 16, 2019 at the Dulles Expo Center.

Outdoor Activities

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital offers many outdoor activities for girls at. Click here to learn more about Girl Scout Camp. 

Program Partners

Our 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. Click here to learn more. 

STEM--Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Our Council is developing new ideas for girls to learn the basics of STEM while staying safe and having fun! We are currently partnered with local organizations as we initiate STEM and Robotics programing. As we pilot these new STEM program, we are looking for feedback and comments on how we can make it work for your troop. Please email programaa@gscnc.org with any thoughts or ideas.

Staying STEM Fun Patch
Explore STEM fields and earn the Council’s brand new STEM fun patch! The patch guide includes activities, resources, Girl Scout events, and experiments related to STEM.

Levels: All

Robotics Patch

Lego Mindstorms Robotics

Our Council has partnered with the Maryland Center for Women in Computing to host robotics workshops just for Girl Scouts! Girls will be introduced to coding and robotics through the use of Lego MindstormsEV3 robots.

Program Description: Girls will learn how to use a programming language to make the robots move and work collaboratively with other girls to code their robots to perform a designated task. Juniors will also be introduced to activities related to cyber security. Girls will work on the new Programming Robots badge and complete steps 2-5 during this workshop.

Levels: B, J

 

Local Program Activities

Out of This World! – Space Science Badge Workshops

As the beginning of a new initiative to widen the reach for Council programs, we are planning a series of Space Science badge workshops for Brownies and Juniors around our Council!

These workshops will feature hands-on activities about the moon and planets, and give girls a chance to look at the stars while inside the Council’s brand new mobile planetarium! Brownies will work on requirements for the Space Science Adventurer Badge and Juniors will work on the Space Science Investigator Badge. All girls will receive an event patch and clear instructions for completing the last steps for their badges.

 

Have questions or are interested in getting involved? Contact Program Specialist Paula Dorfman at pdorfman@gscnc.org

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Troop Edition includes Council programs, events and local program opportunities brought to you by our Program Partners. Troop leaders and service unit managers receive Troop Edition via email every Thursday and it's also posted right here every week!

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You can also find Program Partner events and activities in the latest edition of Girl Scout Insider!