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Fall 2013


From the Desk of the CEO


We are Family

Dear Girl Scout Family,

Welcome to the start of a brand new Girl Scout year.
Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is committed to delivering fun, high-quality program for girls. This year we are excited about improvements we are making to support our wonderful volunteers. We are streamlining the process for new volunteers and developing resources and trainings so that all of our volunteers are prepared to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Throughout the year you will be reminded that We are Family, connected by our shared mission to help build girls of courage, confidence and character. Girl Scouts works best when the family is involved. Your troop leader needs your support. If you have the time, please step-up and be a co-leader, troop cookie manager or chaperone a field trip so that all girls can experience the rewards of Girl Scouting. I hope you have the chance to watch my video.

In October, we will be sending an email survey to all of our registered adult members to gain better insight into how we are doing as a council. Please take the time to respond. As a thank you to those who complete the survey by November 1, 2013, you will be eligible to receive one of twenty $25.00 VISA gift cards. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Hadley Hines (202-534-3772).

Our girls are ready to discover, connect and take action in ways they may never have dreamed possible as they participate fully in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Together, as a family, we can help girls get started on a path to a successful future. I look forward to seeing you around this year. Sincerely,


Lidia Soto-Harmon
CEO, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital

P.S. Our Fall Product Sale is underway, and mark your calendar—girls begin taking initial orders for cookies on December 20. All the proceeds from these activities stay in our Council to support your girl’s troop.

First Lady and Honorary National President encourages volunteering

Girl Scouts of the USA released a new video from the First Lady and Honorary National President of Girl Scouts, Mrs. Michelle Obama. In the video Mrs. Obama encourages adults to volunteer for Girl Scouts. Every First Lady of the United States has served in this post since 1917, when First Lady Edith B. Wilson became the first Honorary National President. Mrs. Obama’s video coincides with the launch of the national organization’s new national campaign, “I can’t wait,” to increase recruitment of girl and adult members while highlighting the fun, excitement, and anticipation that are part of the Girl Scout experience.

Girl Scout Summer Camp

Camping is a priority at Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. We are proud that our camp program is affordable and highly desired by our members. Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, participate in new adventures and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether they go for a day, week, or longer, Girl Scout camps give girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun!

Last summer, nearly 3,900 girls attended our sleep-away camps, and nearly 10,000 attended fee-funded and community-based day and evening camps. Girls went swimming, learned archery, made crafts, hiked, kayaked, went rock climbing and more. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, committed funders and incredible camp staff for making our camp program one of the best.

Get Ready! Our 2014 sleep-away and day and evening camp programs will be available online in November. Important information on how to prepare for the opening of camp registration is coming soon. For the most current information about our 2014 summer programs please visit our website.

Important Dates

January 22, 2014: Registration opens for Camp Winona and Coles Trip
January 24, 2014
: Registration opens for Potomac Woods and May Flather
February 12, 2014: Registration opens for 2014 Summer Day and Evening

Congressional Aide Highlights

Since 1974, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital has offered a truly unique experience for teen Girl Scouts in the Greater Washington Region—Congressional Aide. Girl Scout Ambassadors have the opportunity to participate in a week-long shadow assignment with a member of Congress.

This summer, 60 Girl Scouts and 31 congressional offices participated in Congressional Aide. The program helps girls develop their professional skills, encourages civic engagement and provides a special glimpse into the inner workings of our federal government.

"The most challenging, but also very rewarding, part of my time as a Girl Scout Congressional Aide was writing response letters to constituents."
– Girl Scout Talia R., Sen. Lisa Murkowski

"During my week, I learned a lot about how much work goes into being a Representative and running a congressional office. I am so grateful for this experience and I only wish it had been longer than one week!"
– Girl Scout Lauren W., Rep. Louise Slaughter

"I worked on the legislative team concerned with energy, the environment, and manufacturing. These are all topics and issues that mean a lot to me so I loved writing memos, doing research, and attending briefings on all of these topics."
– Girl Scout Cailin D., Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Are you a Congressional Aide alumna? As we approach the 40th anniversary of Congressional Aide, we are looking to connect with our program alumnae. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and share your memories with us.

To learn more about how to apply for the Girl Scout Congressional Aide program contact Page Yarborough.

Centreville Girl Scout Saves
Sea Turtles

Last summer, 30 Girl Scouts from the Nation’s Capital region participated in Girl Scouts destinations. Alex S., a Girl Scout from Centreville, VA, went to Panama where she participated in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and explored new depths while learning to scuba dive on the Caribbean coast of Panama.

“I loved being able to help the turtles, kids, and go scuba diving while getting certified,” Alex explains about her Outward Bound experience. “This course was really fun and I learned a lot.” More information about Girl Scout destinations.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Supports STEM

The Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have provided generous funding to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused Girl Scout day camps in spring 2014 for girls from underserved communities in the Greater Washington Region. STEM activities will feature Girl Scouts’ badge and journey activities, highlight STEM careers and connect girls with adult role models in STEM. We are grateful to the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for their support of our efforts to close the gender gap in STEM.

Booz Allen Hamilton Connects with Girl Scouts

Booz Allen Hamilton is continuing their long-standing support for Girl Scout leadership development activities by supporting the eighth annualMake the Connection(MTC) corporate mentorship program and the fourth annual Environmental Leadership Institute. MTC is a series of life skills and career-preparation workshops where dynamic and talented Booz Allen Hamilton executives lead girls through a variety of experiential activities. In the past, this program served teen Girl Scouts. This year, we are adding a STEM track for Girl Scout Juniors.

In addition to Make the Connection, Booz Allen Hamilton supports our Environmental Leadership Institute (ELI), which will take place at Camp Potomac Woods on October 26, 2013. During the day-long program, Girl Scout Cadettes discover the wonder of nature and the importance of protecting the environment, connect with like-minded peers and adults working in green careers, and are inspired to take green action in their communities. In addition, for the first-time at ELI, we plan to hold environmental journey training for Girl Scout troop leaders to empower them to include the environmental journey programming.

CareFirst’s Grow Strong Program

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. Obesity and overweight, in particular, has drastically increased in girls. Currently, 16 percent of girls ages 6 to 9 are overweight, up from six percent in 1974.

To help our girls grow into happy, healthy young women, Girl Scouts Nation's Capital and CareFirst joined forces to develop the Grow Strong Program. The goal of the Grow Strong Program is to teach healthy eating habits and nutrition; self-esteem and emotional health; the importance of physical exercise; personal hygiene; the role of marketing in our food choices; how to balance the pressures and stress of school, body image and magazine advertising; and how to take action related to health issues in schools and communities.

Thank You For Supporting
Girl Scouts

The Acacia Foundation for general operations
Booz Allen Hamilton for Make the Connection and the Environmental Leadership Institute
Capital One for the Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge
The Economic Club of Washington for Girl Scout outreach to girls from low-income communities
Girl Scouts of the USA and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for STEM day camps
Inter-American Development Bank for Encuentro
Morgan Stanley for general operations
Price Waterhouse Cooper to provide Girl Scouting to 100 girls for a year




December 7
Cookie College

December 20
Cookie Sale Initial Orders

February 22
DC Step Showcase

We are celebrating the Girl Scout family in a new campaign, We are Family, designed to engage the entire family, build a stronger commitment to the Girl Scout Community and support our girls and troop leaders. Because we know that Girl Scouts is much more successful when everyone is involved. Look for fun activities and learn the dance. Find it on our YouTube channel and be sure to share with your friends!  

New this year, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital introduces council-wide travel, GS Troop Travel. The program is designed for troops and based on a survey of our girls and adult members.

Trips have been planned for 2014-2016 to: Disney Youth Education, Florida, Girl Scouts’ birthplace in Savannah, GA, as well as Alaska, Canada, Italy, Our Cabana and Our Chalet.

GS Troop Travel will support the
Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Each trip will have a badge or Journey component, and troops will plan how to pay for the trip. A great goal for your Girl Scout Cookie sale!

For more information, please contact Kathryn Benison.

Girl Scout Resource Center at Camp Crowell

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital has proposed a new building at Camp Crowell in Oakton, VA to house Girl Scout program and camp equipment and the Council’s archives collection.

The Girl Scout Resource Center, replaces Dorr Avenue and will be a permanent facility that will ensure that local girls have the resources necessary to participate in a variety of Girl Scout leadership programs and connect with Girl Scouts’ rich history for many years to come. Our request has been made to Fairfax County officials.

To learn more visit our Resource Center page on our website.

National Council Session

Dates: October 16-19, 2014
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Every three years, Girl Scouts hosts the National Council Session and Convention to reinvigorate, celebrate and chart our future.

The 2014 National Council Session/53rd Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah promises to honor traditions and propel the Movement forward into the next 100 years of leadership for girls and young women.

In addition to conducting business, we will engage in important strategic conversations about the future and provide exciting educational opportunities for adults and girls.

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey indicating your interest (adult members and teen Girl Scouts).


We have a brand new Troop SHARE patch to encourage participation from all of our Girl Scout families. Once 2/3rd of a troop contributes to SHARE (average gift $10.00 per girl) they will receive the patch. We hope your troop exceeds this goal and wears their SHARE patch with pride.

SHARE helps the entire Girl Scout family. While your membership fees go directly to Girl Scouts of the USA to support our national programming, one hundred percent of SHARE stays in our Council to support our girls, create innovative programs, maintain and develop programs for our camps, provide financial assistance and support adult volunteer development.

Help support Girl Scouts by donating to SHARE today.

Juliette Low Legacy Society

Women of Distinction

On September, 25, 2013, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital honored three outstanding women from the Eastern Panhandle, WV at our annual Women of Distinction Luncheon. The event raised $45,000 to support girls in underserved communities from that area.

This year’s Women of Distinction included a retired navy captain, a longtime writer of “local lore,” and an advocate for children. Jean Neely, Ethel Bovey and Susan Caperton were recognized for their remarkable contribution to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Hershey Park

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets through Girl Scouts and Hershey Park’s Friends and Family discount ticket program this summer. Because of you, our annual giving campaign SHARE received a check from Hershey Park for $14,000. We hope you had fun while supporting Girl Scouts!

The Challenge is ON!

Thanks to renewed funding from Capital One, Girl Scouts in grades K through 12 have another opportunity to take part in the Capital One Financial Fitness Challengefor a second year! To participate, each girl must earn a Girl Scout financial literacy badge then complete a short online survey. After completing the survey, each girl will receive a Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge patch. The service unit with the highest percentage of girls earning a financial literacy badge and completing the survey will be deemed the Challenge winners and receive a special rocker patch.

Congressional Aide Alumnae

Are you a Congressional Aide alumna? As we approach the 40th anniversary of Congressional Aide, we are looking to connect with our program alumnae. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and share your memories with us.

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