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Council Activities

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.

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Click here to view the latest Troop Edition!

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!

Sign up here if you don’t currently receive Troop Edition, but would like to.

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

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Air and Space Day
 

Come and explore exciting science activities during Women in Aviation & Space Family Day, sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation 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. From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program women, have been making significant contributions. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

March 10, 2018
Admission is free. Parking $15

This year's event was held on March 18, 2017. Click here to see photos from the day. 


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Congressional Aide
 

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!

The application deadline for Summer 2018  is March 1, 2018. You may download the application here.

Congressional Offices interested in hosting a Girl Scout Ambassador should fill in this form. For more information, contact Abby Bradford at abradford@gscnc.org.

*Girl Scouts is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse specific members of congress. Participation in the Congressional Aide program offers girls the opportunity to learn more about the federal government’s legislative process.

Check out photos from this year's Congressional Aide program here!


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Cookie College

At Cookie College, girls earn their diplomas in everything cookies! They learn about the business of selling, the history of Girl Scout cookies, and much more. Cookie College positions girls for success. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend one of our events. Visit our Calendar under the Events tab for more details and to register.

January 6: Cookie College at Northwestern High School, Hyattsville, MD (Daisy, Brownie, Junior)

January 13: Cookie College in Harpers Ferry, WV (Daisy, Brownie, Junior)

Our Cookie College To-Go program is done for the cookie season.

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DC Step Showcase
 

This Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital signature event brings together Girl Scouts, friends, family members, and the community for an exciting celebration of Girl Scouting and creative performance.

Troops of all ages have created their own unique routines and will perform them at this year’s show. Want to support the step teams by cheering them on? This community celebration is free to all, so come out and enjoy a festive day of fun and dance. Just before the show, a free activity fair will be set up with crafts, games, and interactive exhibits from Council program partners.

Step is a form of dance in which the performers – usually as a group – use their entire bodies as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps.

Watch this YouTube video to learn the basics.

Ready to sign up to perform? See the Guidelines for rules and requirements for participating and Click here to register.

Mark your calendar to come out and support the Girl Scout DC Step Showcase on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Trinity Washington University. More details to come.  

Please Note: There is no registration for spectators. Entry will be first come, first served until capacity is reached.

Click here for photos from the 2017 Step Showcase!

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Maker Day
 

Girl Scouts like making things they’re excited about—whether it’s a craft, a piece of furniture, a robot, or a computer program. Makers like to tinker, take things apart, and try and put them back together again in new ways. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. It doesn’t matter! Makers like to solve problems, and they like to make the world better. Sounds like Girl Scouts!

Join us May 19, 2018 for an afternoon of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). Try your hand at sewing, make things with duct tape, learn how to program a robot, and discover all the STEAM opportunities in your community. Maker Day 2018 is gearing up to be the best ever!

Where:   NOVA – Annandale Campus

                Ernst Community Cultural Center

                8333 Little River Turnpike

                Annandale, VA 22003

When: 1:00-4:00 pm May 19, 2018

Fee: Participation and attendance is free to all Girl Scouts and their friends and family.

How can you participate?

1. Exhibit. Sign up to exhibit something you have made. Check out the Guidelines and submit your application here by April 13.

2. Visit. Come out and visit all the exhibitors and learn how they made their project. There are plenty of things you can make throughout the afternoon.

3. Create. Sign up to participate in our Cardboard Challenge. See instructions here.


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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.

March 3, 2018, 9 AM- 5 PM
Discounted $11 admission tickets are available when booked through a troop. Girl Scouts under the age of six are free.
Register by February 1, 2018 and receive a commemorative patch with ticket!

To see Girl Scout Day at the Newseum photos from last year click here.


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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.

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Make the Connection: Making Impressions (C/S/A) 
October 21, 2017 | 1-4pm

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.

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Make the Connection Jr. Science, Technology, Engineering & Math: Oh My! (J)
November19, 2017 | 1-4pm

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. 

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Make the Connection: Career Exploration (C/S/A)
Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 1-4pm

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.

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Make the Connection: Me to We, Team-building Skills (C/S/A)
April 14, 2018 | 10am-4pm
Registration Opens: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

At the final MTC session, participants will be conquering an outdoor challenge course with friends and mentors while learning how to achieve success through teamwork. 

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Capital One Financial Fitness 

Thank you for participating in the Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge. Nine thousand Nation’s Capital Girl Scouts received the challenge patch from Capital One. Thank you, Capital One for this generous grant to expand Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital financial knowledge! 

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Capital One Digital Arts Challenges

Thank you for participating in the Digital Arts Challenge, 2,000 Nation’s Capital Girl Scouts received the Challenge patch from Capital One.  The challenge and grant have come to an end. Thank you, Capital One for this generous grant to expand Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital digital arts knowledge! 


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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.

Attention: Teen Girl Scouts
SAVE THE DATE- Car Care Badge
Who: Registered Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 grade
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 fulfilling the requirements for the Car Care badge at this GEICO sponsored event, teens will learn basic car care maintenance, vehicle safety, safe driving practices, what to do in an emergency, and how to drive for a greener world. When you have earned this badge, you will be prepared to take care of a car and tips for driving safely.
When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9:30am-2pm
Where: Ourisman Collision Center, 10401 Motor City Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817
Fee: $7 per person- includes a certificate, fun patch, & lunch.
Financial assistance is available upon request.
Registration Opens: February 6, 2018, registration is limited to the first 55 Girl Scouts.

SAVE THE DATE- Babysitter Badge-Cadettes
Who: Registered Girl Scouts in grades 6-8
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. BLAST! (Babysitter Lessons & Safety Training) program can prepare teens to interview for a babysitting jobs, select safe and suitable games and activities, prevent accidents, perform first aid, and begin babysitting safely and competently! This is a certified 4 hour course.
SAVE THE DATE: Babysitter Badge-Cadettes
When: Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 12:30-5pm
Where: Winona Girl Scout Camp
Fee: $20 per person- includes a certificate, fun patch, & snack.
Financial assistance is available upon request.
Registration Opens: February 8, 2018, registration is limited to the first 70 Girl Scouts.

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, 750 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!


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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.

Art of Kokedama Dine-Around
When: Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
Your hosts for this event are  Amy Cohen (CFO First Merchant Services, Owner ATM Services) and Allison Weiss (Executive Director of the Sandy Spring Museum).

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


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Driving My Financial Future

Want to hold an event for your Cadettes? Use this Council-designed facilitation guide to host a local program for Girl Scout Cadettes. Once girls complete the program, let us know by completing this survey.

Cadette Savvy Spender Workshop – Adult Facilitation Guide

Our Council has many wonderful opportunities for girls to become financially savvy, thanks to a grant from Toyota Financial Services. Juniors through Ambassadors who earn two financial literacy badges can receive a special participation patch, while supplies last. Let us know you earned the two badges by completing this survey.


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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Our Council is developing new ideas for girls to learn the basics of STEM while staying safe and having fun!

Caling all teen Girl Scouts: Help test new STEM programs!

Girl Scouts of the USA and Raytheon have teamed up with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-Level (6th -12th grade) troops.

We aim to include volunteers with a broad range of:

  • Experiences (No STEM experience necessary) and all activities are unplugged
  • Backgrounds (we are looking for diverse troops and encourage troops with girls from military families to apply in order to get a sample of troops with and without military involvement)

Girl Scouts will...

  • Be the first to use new STEM material with fun and engaging activities. 
  • Develop communication skills through providing feedback on the new program(s).
  • Help their troop earn a $100 Amazon gift card to support troop-related program expenses. 
  • Help develop new STEM Program, and be part of history!!

What's involved?

Each participating troop will be required to complete the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-Level (6th -12th grade) troops between February 2, 2018 and March 26, 2018 and to participate in our pilot research.

Interested in participating? 

Fill out a brief form at (www.tinyurl.com/6-12CompSciPilot) no later than January 19, 2018. 

Robotics Initiative
Our Council is currently partnered with local organizations as we pilot a robotics program. We will be offering more robotics workshops this spring. In the meantime, please use this handout as a resource for robotics activities and information.  As we pilot this robotics 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.

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 Mindstorms.

Juniors Program Description: In this session, Girl Scout Juniors will be introduced to robot programming through the Lego Mindstorms model. 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. Task challenges may be to have their robot make a Figure 8 or follow a series of measurements. This session will also contain activities related to cyber security.

Brownies Program Description: In this session, Girl Scout Brownies will be introduced to robot programming through the Lego Mindstorms model. 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. Task challenges may be to have their robot make a Figure 8 or follow a series of measurements.

Staying STEM Fun Patch!
Girl Scouts of all ages have the opportunity to 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.

GSUSA Resources
STEM Superstars Activity Guide
Made With Code Party Kit

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Inauguration Parade

The 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.


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