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HPE Cybersecurity Program for JuniorsPlug in and learn about cybersecurity.

An interactive, plugged in cybersecurity program to teach Girl Scout Juniors cybersecurity basics. Explore online exercises and apply the knowledge to a fun online game called Cyber Squad. The program satisfies requirements for the GSUSA Cybersecurity Badges 2: Safeguards and Cybersecurity 3: Investigator. Girl Scout Juniors will be able to earn the Cybersecurity Badges. Plus they can get an HPE Cybersecurity patch free while supplies last.    


 

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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.

 
Make the Connection: Making Impressions 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 12:30-4pm
Registration Opens: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Girls learn and practice key people skills including skillful introductions, the art of conversation and the power of a hand-shake. As they practice, they realize that body language and tone effect how they communicate much more than the words they use- it’s not what you say but how you say it. The day tops off with a fun fashion show where girls identify what NOT to wear, so they leave the day fully armed and ready to make the right impression.

Make the Connection Jr. Science, Technology, Engineering & Math:
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Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 12:30-4pm

Registration Opens:
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), 4th & 5th  grade girls will perform hands-on challenges to practice problem solving skills. Booz Allen mentors will also share their experience as professionals in  STEM related jobs. Girls will leave the day more aware of the opportunities for women in STEM professions and encouraged to choose careers in these male dominated field. 


 
Make the Connection: Career Exploration (C/S/A)
Sunday, January 12, 2020 | 12:30-4pm
Registration Opens: Tuesday, November 12, 201
Through a series of activities the girls discover the working world and what careers interest them most. Mentors share the jobs they held before their current role with Booz Allen to showcase the fact that careers are ever changing and the world is full of opportunities. 

 
Make the Connection: Me to We, Team-building Skills (C/S/A)
Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 9:30 am-4pm
Registration Opens: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

At the final MTC session, participants will be conquering a team building activity with friends and mentors while learning how to achieve success through teamwork. 

       

       

 

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!

Applications will open in January 2020 for Summer 2020.

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, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is offering a variety of ways to get your cookie on! Read the options below and choose the best one for your troop.

Cookie University To-Go

Cookie University To-Go is a program designed for Associations and Service Units to host their own Cookie University for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Hosting an event in your community reaches more girls and sets them up for a successful cookie season. The leader guides walk you through planning, set up, clean up, and how to conduct each class. Cookie University events are a great opportunity for older girls to earn service hours by planning and hosting. The leader guide is free but must be ordered. Patches are available for purchase through the same site, NOT in the Shop.

**If you would like to host a Cookie University for 75 girls or more, please contact Council as we can provide support and materials. Paula Dorfman pdorfman@gscnc.org  202-274-2163

Cookie Entrepreneur Patch Program

The Cookie Entrepreneur Patch Program is designed for all Girl Scouts to learn the five business and leadership skills (goal setting, decision making, people skills, money management, and business ethics) that are part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls can complete at their own pace at home, or the troop can do together during meetings. This is the perfect way to get ready for the Cookie Program if you have a very busy schedule. This is a seasonal program and will not be available year-round like our other patch programs. Patches are available in the Shop until February 28, 2020.

Cookie Convention – December 7, 2019 

Join us for a day of workshops and make-and-take activities to prepare for your best cookie season ever! Girl Scouts have the opportunity to attend workshops to learn about branding, cookie logistics, careers in food science and engineering, and how to use your skills to run your own cookie business. Brownie and Juniors, make and take home a goal tracker, origami safety butterfly, and advertising pencil topper. Registration is required for this event. Click on your level to read the FAQ and register.

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World Thinking Day Event

Be the Change: A World Thinking Day Event

Save the Date!! February 22, 2020 

On February 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day by doing the same activities around a shared theme. This year’s theme is “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” Join us at Trinity Washington University as we explore these topics through the lens of African Americans.

Visit the many activity stations and complete a stamp card that will help you earn the World Thinking Day 2020 badge. There will also be scheduled step performances throughout the event. A schedule will be posted closer to the event date with all the amazing things to see and do.

Event patches will be available onsite for purchase as well as a concession stand with sandwiches and snacks. Be sure to bring cash for your purchases.

This event is open to friends and family of registered Girl Scouts. Please let us know how many people in your group plan to attend so we can get a head count for supplies.  Register here.

Event Details

Date: February 22, 2020

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Trinity Washington University * 125 Michigan Ave. NE * Washington, DC 20017

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Tyler at styler@gscnc.org.

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.


Powerful Women in Media

When: Saturday October 5, 2019  | 1:00  – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Washington, DC

Your hosts for this event are Sunlen Serfaty (Congressional Correspondent, CNN), Christine Brennan (Sports Columnist and ABC News, CNN, PBS and NPR Commentator) and Nia-Malika Henderson (Senior Political Reporter, CNN).

National Zoo Hike-Around

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Washington, DC 

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

Grant Funded Car Care Program Kit!

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. 

Thank you, GEICO for this generous grant to expand Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital life-skills!

We reached our grant goal and served over 100 Nation’s Capital Girl Scouts, using this great resource to complete the Car Care Badge. Thank you for participating in GEICO’s grant-funded Car Care Program Kit. 

The Car Care Kit will be available through our Equipment Rental Center coming soon! 

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

September 15, 2019 1:35pm  Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves

Join fellow Girl Scout associations, service units, troops and families at Nationals Park for Girl Scout Days! With the purchase of a special ticket, fans will receive a limited edition Nationals Girl Scout Patch. NEW PATCH FOR SEPTEMBER 2019 GAME!

For every ticket sold, $5 will be donated to the GSCNC SHARE campaign.

Girl Scouts are encouraged to attend as a Service Unit or Troop. If you organize a group of 20 or more, the group leader will receive a complimentary game ticket (one per order).

The top selling Service Unit will receive a free Nationals hat for each ticket purchased! In order to qualify, the tickets must be purchased as a Troop order of 13+ tickets or the Service Unit placing an order for the Troops. Any individual orders online of less than 13 tickets will not count towards the total. The Nationals will contact the winning Service Unit a few days prior to the game date to coordinate hat pick up.

For more information or to purchase a group of 13 or more tickets, please contact John Manzoian at 202.640.7723 or email john.manzoian@nationals.com.

Visit our Events Calendar for more information.

Girl Scout Day at the Newseum

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!”

Please continue to check back for details for the 2020 Girl Scout Day at the Newseum.

Take a look at photos from last year click here.

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.


Click on an event below to learn more. This section will be updated through the year with additional events and resources. 

  • Women's Suffrage Centennial Patch Program
  • Women's Suffrage Museum
  • Rightfully Yours – Youth Art Competition
    Grades 4, 5, and 6
    Submissions close November 5, 2019
  • National Portrait Gallery                                                                                     Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence                                                 March 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020
  • Library of Congress                                                                                         Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote                                         June 4, 2019 – September 2020
  • National Archives                                                                                          Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote                                             May 10, 2019 – January 3, 2021
  • Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument    
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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