|What's NewEarly Bird Registration
Early Bird registration for the 2013-2014 membership year began on April 13th and will continue until 11:59 p.m. June 28, 2013. If you are applying for financial assistance for Early Bird membership, the paper registration and financial form are due June 24, 2013.
Troop leaders can get additional information on registering for the new year by clicking here.
Please note that there will be an increase to the GSUSA annual dues. Starting with Early Bird registration, it will be $15 to become a registered Girl Scout.
Girls who Early Bird register for the first time will earn a patch if Early Bird registered by June 28, 2013, using our online registration system. If a girl received a patch in previous years, she is eligible to receive a rocker. Leaders will request the patches and rockers through a Survey Monkey.
Any troop that Early Bird registers 50% of their "active" girls on-line no later than June 28, 2013 will be eligible for a $20.00 GSCNC Shop coupon redeemable October 1-December 31, 2013. The troop must register a minimum of five girls to qualify.
Teen International Trip
Do you have girls in your troop that may be interested in an international trip?
The trip will be the summer of 2015 and those attending must have finished the 8th grade to attend (no exceptions). Girls graduating in 2015 are able to attend as a girl at the girl cost. If you are graduating in 2013 or 2014, you can attend, but you will have to pay the adult cost.
After voting by the teens in the Association, the top favorite trips include:
- Italy and Greece
- Germany, Italy, and Switzerland
- London and Paris
- Athens and the Island
A secret ballad will be held the nights of the informational meetings to determine which trip will be taken.
The information nights will be held on the following dates:
-Thursday, May 30th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Martinsburg office (153 McMillan Court, Martinsburg, WV 25404)
-Sunday, June 2nd from 3:00 - 4:30 pm at the Martinsburg office (153 McMillan Court, Martinsburg, WV 25404)
Click here to register for one of the informational nights. Remember these are informational nights, not sign up nights. Come and find out more.
Trips like this are going to cost anywhere between $2800-$3500, which covers everything except for gratuity and lunches. The enrollment fee, when you are ready to say "Yes to the trip" will be $95.
Trips are designed for students, so they will be fast-paced and on target for the girls. Adults can attend, but they will be reminded MANY times that this is a GIRL Scout trip, not an ADULT Scout trip.
Hotel accommodations are three stars rated and are just used for sleeping; we will be on the go the entire time we are traveling.
Area Membership Manager Greeting
It's Early Bird season! Yes, it is hard to believe that another Girl Scout year is winding down and that means Early Bird Registration is happening now. If you haven't done your Early Bird Registration yet, let me give you a few good reasons why:
- Less Stress for Troop Leaders in September - your troop is registered and ready to start fall activities!
- $20 Shop Coupon for qualify Troops (at least 50% of your Troop)
- Patches for all girls that do Early Bird Registration
- Troops will know who is returning and if they have openings for next year
- Troops are set for Fall Product Sales
- Early Bird Party for girls that do Early Bird Registration!
Don't forget that Early Bird registration ends June 28th. The last week of Early Bird is typically a high volume week for our help desk, so please plan ahead and allow yourself plenty of time to get this done before the deadline.
Thanks for your support to our membership goals and all that you do to support the girls in your Troop.
This edition, we will meet Pam Allen, Administrative Assistant
New to Girl Scouts, Pam joined our Girl Scout family in 1988 as a part-time Secretary/Receptionist for Shawnee Girl Scout Council. In 1993, she became the Council's Registrar, registering the Council's membership and also girls who registered for resident camp and weekend events at Camp White Rock. With the merger of Shawnee and Nation's Capital, Pam was hired as the AA for the Martinsburg Office.
Pam gets to work with many wonderful people inside and outside of Girl Scouts. This time of year finds her helping the Membership Specialists' register girls for camps, helping leaders register girls into their troops, and preparing for the annual Women of Distinction event, to name a few.
Pam resides in Kearneysville, W.Va. with her husband, Scott and their children Robert and McKenzie.
We're happy to announce that we now have an on-line store! Please visit www.girlscoutshop.com/nations-capital-council.
Martinsburg Mini Shop
Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday hours are quickly coming to an end! The remaining Saturdays include May 11, 18 and June 1.
For more information or to place an order for pick up, please call 304-263-8833.
Gee, Summer is about here!!!!
Summer is coming and the girls will be on vacation from school. Try to meet a few times doing fun things outside. Day trips are fun and interesting. Look in your area and see what is free or little admittance fee. Pack a lunch, enjoy the day and the place you are visiting.
If this would be a good time to visit Archives, let us know. We will meet you there.
Day camps are coming up as well. Do you need to borrow any of our Archives items to help with your program? If so, let us know. We are more than willing to loan items and help with presentation if needed.
I would like to thank GSCNC, the Shenandoah Area, for my 40th year pin and the Nations Capitol Pin. They were greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
I would like to thank Patsy Campbell and Florida Fritz for their devotion to the Archives. These two ladies are always there on work days and willing to do anything it takes to make Archives great. Thank You, Patsy and Florida!!
Patsy Campbell, Hagerstown, MD
Florida Fritz, Inwood, WV
Sandy Jones, Winchester, VA
For: Girl Scouts of All Ages
Who: Any interested Girl Scout (must be over 9 years old)
When: Saturday, June 1
Where: Bell Grove Plantation in Frederick County, Va.
There will be informational booths, gardening presentations, raffles for gardening supplies, and Master Gardener grown plants for purchase; also free children's activities that include learning more about soil, plants, beneficial bugs, the watershed, and much more. You'll be able to take home your own plant, other freebies, and even a commemorative badge that celebrates 20 years of the NSVMGA program. The children's activities, which are mostly geared toward pre-teenagers, will be offered in the morning, roughly from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m, depending on interest and on a first-come, first-served basis. There are five or six 20-minute activities; therefore, the entire journey to learning more about gardening will take approximately one and a half hours.
In order to prepare for this event, however, we need a head count. If your group of girls is interested in participating, please contact the Children's Activities Coordinator, Sarah Kohrs, at email@example.com or (540) 477-3257 as soon as possible. Feel free to forward any questions to Sarah, as well.
For: Girls in Grades 1-5
Brownie/Junior Camporee 2013
Come join us for a weekend of songs, crafts, games and swimming at Camp White Rock!
This year, two weekend options are available to choose from (only one may be chosen):
- Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013 to Sunday, August 4, 2013 - Filling quickly! Be sure to get your registration in.
The cost is $55 per camper.
To download a registration form, please click here. Registration forms and fees must be received by June 14, 2013.
Contact Jane Barvir at 304-596-9940 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
For: Girl Scout Teens
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Are you looking to do fun activities with other girls your age? The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a new way to get teen Girl Scouts together once a month to do fun activities without younger Girl Scouts or actually being in a troop. These events are open to all girls in grades 6-12 who are registered with a troop or as a Juliette.
If you are interested in becoming involved with planning these events, the Teen Group meets the 1st Thursday of every month at Simbeck's (2929 Valley Ave, Winchester, VA 22602).
GSCNC's teen-edition has loads of valuable information for our teen Scouts! Encourage them to sign up to receive their edition TODAY!!
Volunteer with the Program Grants Panel
GSCNC is looking for volunteers who would like to be more involved but looking for something to fit busy schedules. The panel works to review Program Grant Requests to ensure that all Girl Scouts are able to participate in troop activities- no matter their financial situation.
For additional information, contact Dara Cummings, Program Specialist, at 202-274-3338 or email@example.com.
Already interested? Please down
load this interest form
and return to Dara.
The following in-person up-coming trainings are available:
-September 14-15, 2013, Cookout and Campout, Camp White Rock, Capon Bridge, W. Va. For additional details and to register, please click here.
Have you been storing items to recycle but aren't sure what to do with them? If so, you may be able to help us! We are looking for the following items to be used for our science programs:
- 8 and 20 oz plastic bottles with lids
These items can be dropped off at our Martinsburg office. Thank you in advance for your help.
Association 14 Web Page
Spread the word! We now have a webpage page for Association 14. Log on at http://gs14.gscnc.org/. Please be sure to check back frequently for updated information.
Summer Sleep Away and Day & Evening Camps
A huge variety of programs are still available. A complete list of all can be found by clicking here.
Association 14 is offering the following camps for Girl Scouts:
Warren County Day Camp, June 24-28. Click here for more details
- Berkeley County Twilight Camp, July 8-12. Click here for more details
Frederick County Twilight Camp, July 8-12. Click here for more details
- Stephens City Twilight Camp, July 8-12. Click here for more details
- Mineral County Day Camp, July 15-19. Click here for more details
- Allegany County Day Camp, August 5-9. Click here for more details
Washington County Day Camp, August 12-16. Click here
for more details
Sleep Away Camp Rideshare
Are you looking to share a ride to get your daughter to sleep-away camp? If so, the Martinsburg office is compiling a list of parents who are looking for the same! Complete this short survey and we'll gather the information and then provide contact information for those who are just as interested.
Girl Scout Alumnae
Please join our alumnae network online by visiting http://alumnae.girlscouts.org which is for anyone who was ever a Girl Scout as a girl or involved as an adult.
Girl Scout Endowment
Consider putting Girl Scouts in your will or estate plans. A bequest in a will is easy to do and helps Girl Scouts for years to come! (the language: "$____ or _____% is designated to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital Endowment. (Federal Tax ID# 54-0732-966)"). For more information contact Daryl Wolke at 202-534-3796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martinsburg Contact List
Below are the direct numbers and phone extensions for the staff at the Martinsburg Office:
Kathy Deffer (304) 596-9930
Pam Allen (304) 596-9931
Jane Barvir (304) 596-9940 Cindy Bayne (304) 596-9932
Judy Johnson (304) 596-9934
Lori Kooken (301) 359-9540 or (304) 596-9941
Beverly Soule (540) 313-4191 or (304) 596-9942
Darylle Smoot (301) 662-5106 or (304) 596-9948
Jennifer Wiseman (304) 596-9944
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