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In Memory of Marguerite E. Cyr

The Girl Scout family remembers Shawnee Girl Scout Council's first President of the Board (1963), Marguerite Cyr. Her leadership helped shape Girl Scouting in the Shenandoah region, which later merged with Girl Scouts Nation's Capital in 2009. 

As a young Girl Scout in New York City, Marguerite had fond memories of spending her summers camping in the Catskills. A former Troop Leader and lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Marguerite served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Hagerstown before playing an instrumental role in creating the Shawnee Girl Scout Council. 

In addition to her love of Girl Scouting, Marguerite also had a lifelong passion for art. After graduating from Hunter College in 1937, Marguerite taught art and mathematics at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, MD. Marguerite was a member of the Valley Art Association and was a docent at the Washington County Fine Arts Museum. For 17 years, she ran the Wednesday Morning Art Group at the YMCA. 

She had a love of serving others, volunteering with the United Way and the March of Dimes. She was a Chapter Chairwoman for the Red Cross, where she was named an Honorary Lifetime Board Member. She received a number of awards for her volunteerism, including the Washington County Volunteer of the Year and the Zonta Woman of the Year Award. She was named a Woman of Distinction in 2010 in recognition of her contributions to Girl Scouts.

Marguerite passed away at age 101, surrounded by her loving family. Read her full obituary in the Herald Mail.

What's New  

GSCNC staff delivers holiday cards to vets at the VAMC Martinsburg.  

Teen Award Update

Silver Award Online Approval Tool: As many of you know, we have developed the Silver Award Online Approval Tool to assist troop advisors in ensuring that their Girl Scouts' Silver Award Projects meet the Girl Scouts of the USA's Guidelines.  The girls should complete the tool with an adult, preferably the troop advisor, prior to starting their Silver Award take action project. The Tool has been functioning for about a year now, with a round of updates being made in August.  With the Tool now ready to be used in full, we will be requiring that Girl Scouts submit the confirmation of approval generated from the Tool with their Silver Award Final Report to the Council Shop in order to purchase their Silver Award Pin as of March 17, 2015.  Because Silver Award projects often take a few months to complete, we highly recommend that girls just beginning their projects complete the Silver Award Online Approval Tool now and print the approval confirmation in case they should finish their project after March 16, 2015. 

Silver Award Online Approval Tool Questions Guide: 

Silver Award Online Approval Tool: 

Gold Award Workshops: We have updated our Gold Award Workshops to include a new interactive curriculum that will help Girl Scouts develop their project ideas into high quality take action projects! Part one of the workshop is available on our website now in the form of the Gold Award Online Tutorial that walks girls through the Gold Award process. The new interactive, in-person, part two of the Gold Award Workshop will be introduced in early January 2015. While attending an in-person workshop is not mandatory, it is the absolute best way to get ready to go for the Gold Award!

The new Part 2 of the Gold Award Workshop briefly reviews the process, walks the girls through planning key aspects of their project, discusses communicating their project idea effectively, and mentions resiliency and that there are folks to support them throughout the process.

As Gold Award Workshops are scheduled, they will be posted here:  

Outdoor Badge Update


Girls voted and we listened! 

Outdoor Recreation has been chosen as the theme for the next set of Outdoor badges. The second phase of Girls' Choice voting for the Outdoor badges begins today. Girls can cast their vote for their favorite badge activities here:

The polls will remain open until December 31, and the winning badges will be announced on March 12, 2015.

Troop Spotlight


Troop 40175 finished their 6-week quilting class with lovely quilts to show for it!!  Awesome job, Ladies!

Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 25 -Friday, December 26
Offices closed for Christmas

Thursday, December 25-Saturday, December 27
Shops closed for Christmas

January 2015
Monday, January 5
Area Meeting
6:30 pm
GoToMeeting/Conference Call

Shop Information 

We're happy to announce that we now have an on-line store! Please visit

Martinsburg Mini Shop

Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday hours resume February 28, 2015 

For more information or to place an order for pick up, please call 304-263-8833.

Archives Update 


The Archives located in Winchester, VA has uniforms from the 1960's, old leaders' guides, and old patches available for adoption.   Give them a new home and use them for Troop events or display.

Let us know when you would like to come check out our treasure chest of Girl Scout Adoptables.

Patsy Campbell, Hagerstown, MD  

Florida Fritz, Inwood, WV 

Sandy Jones, Winchester, VA   

For:  Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies
Please click here to print a copy of Association 14 Lock-in for Daisies and Brownies.

For:  Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors


Please click here to print a copy of Cookie College. 

For: Girl Scout Teens


GSCNC's teen-edition has loads of valuable information for our teen Scouts!   Encourage them to sign up  to receive their edition TODAY!!

Social Media

The Martinsburg Girl Scout office is now part of the social media scene! Go to!/pages/Martinsburg-Girl-Scout-Office/111011402270273 to become a fan!

We will be posting registration information, local program events, and all things important to Girl Scouts!  

Don't forget to check GSCNC on all your other favorite social networking sites to see program updates, interesting Girl Scout trivia and updates from Council.

Check us out on Facebook at Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, on YouTube on twitter at @GSCNC and at our official GSCNC!        

For:  Volunteers

Service Unit Summer Encampment Opportunities at Camp White Rock

Camp White Rock will be open for summer rentals available to large groups, placement preference will be given to groups of 75 or more. While at Camp White Rock, your group can take advantage of everything the camp has to offer including canoeing, archery, low ropes course and the swimming pool. Dudley Hall is available to provide food service for large groups.

Dates available include:  June 5-7, June 12-14, June 19-21, June 26-28, July 10-12, July 24-26, August 7-9, and August 14-16.

Applications must be received at the council by mail, fax or email by January 9, 2015 and no payment is due at that time.

For additional details and to download an application, please click here.


Are you looking for a social media tool to coordinate your Girl Scout volunteers and parents?  Look no further. Rally groups and the Community Hubs over them (think troops within a Service Unit) are free for Girl Scout volunteers in Nation's Capital.

Have a question about Rallyhood?  Visit the Rallyhood

Help page to find the answers you need.  


Association 14 Web Page  

Spread the word!  We now have a webpage page for

Association 14.  Log on at  Please be sure to check back frequently for updated information.     

Association 14 Facebook Page

Have you joined the Shenandoah Region-Association 14 Facebook group?  It's for the Shenandoah Region team members and leaders to communicate better so we grow stronger as a region and use our resources wisely. Only registered Girl Scouts will be admitted to this page for privacy of our local Girl Scouts. We encourage team members, leaders, co-leaders and older girls to join if they want more information on what's happening in the area.    

Go to to request to join.  

For:  Girls of All Ages   

Medieval Times Scout Appreciation


Please click here to print a copy of Medieval Times Scout Appreciation

For:  Parents 


Girl Scout Alumnae  

Were you a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador...a troop leader, volunteer, orformer/current staff member? If so, join the Girl Scouts Alumnae Association!

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 Betsy Thurston at 202-274-3330 or   

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 
Darylle Smoot (304) 596-9948 
Beverly Soule (540) 313-4191 or (304) 596-9942 
Jennifer Wiseman (304) 596-9944

We hope you enjoyed this newsletter prepared for the Shenandoah Region.  If you are not receiving Shenandoah News, please contact


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