Senior Troop 1431 from Arlington, VA ready for zip lining at Council event near Harper's Ferry. Photo by Ellen Smythe.CapiTalk News
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Spring 2013
Dear Girl Scout Family
A Successful Cookie Season
Girl Scouts Get Financially Fit
Centennial Silver Dollar
SHARE Round-Up
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A message from the desk of  

Lidia Soto-Harmon 

CEO, GSCNC 

Lidia Soto-Harmon

Early Bird Registration is Now

It's that time of year again. Early Bird Registration for the 2013-2014 Girl Scout membership year is here! As announced by Girl Scouts of the USA in 2011, membership dues will increase to $15.00, with all dues going directly to GSUSA to support national programs.

Now is the best time to continue your Girl Scout journey and renew your registration. Each Girl Scout level is important in developing the leadership skills that will serve your daughter throughout her lifetime. At each level girls have fun, interact with new people, make a difference in their community and gain more confidence.

Girl Scout Daisies learn in a fun and nurturing environment about the world around them and the meaning of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Girl Scout Troop 6966 used their little hands to help clean-up a state park and collected and donated food to a pantry in honor of Juliette Gordon Low.

Girl Scout Brownies make new friends and learn how to set goals, like Girl Scout Brownie Troop 4574. Inspired by World Thinking Day, they set a goal to purchase one llama for a village in Peru using their cookie earnings. To their delight, they exceeded their goal and purchased three llamas.

As girls "fly up" to  Girl Scout Juniors, team work becomes "Take Action" projects. Girl Scout Junior Troop 6811 earned the Bronze Award fighting for the rights of innocent animals. After presenting testimony at the Maryland Statehouse, they witnessed Governor O'Malley sign a new law to protect puppies bred in puppy mills.

Girl Scout Cadettes really have the opportunity to lead -- organizing camps, planning a badge workshop for younger Girl Scouts, working on the Silver Award or volunteering. Girl Scout Cadette Troops 40726 and 40480 performed over 1,000 hours of community service and received the 2012 Take Pride in America National Award for Outstanding Youth Program from the U.S. Department of Interior.

There is much in store for Girl Scout Seniors; they will learn about their own values and how to make their dreams a reality. Many Girl Scouts utilize the money they have earned selling Girl Scout cookies to explore the world or go on a Girl Scout destination--like Girl Scout Monica who used her cookie proceeds to fund part of her MultiSport Adventure trip to Ireland.  

Girl Scout Ambassadors will take a Journey to learn about justice and how decisions are made and perhaps complete their Girl Scout Gold Award -- the highest earned award in Girl Scouting. Our Council offers Girl Scouts who have completed the Gold Award and are seniors in high school the opportunity to apply for a Gold Award Scholarship. We are proud of our Gold Award Girl Scouts and the work they've accomplished to make the world a better place.

And of course every Girl Scout has the opportunity to explore the outdoors through our Girl Scout camps and learn valuable entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills through the  Girl Scout Cookie Program. I hope that you have already seen some of the positive effects Girl Scouting has had on your daughter. Whether she has an affinity for volunteering, learning new skills, or camping outdoors, Girl Scouts provides a safe space for girls to explore. As we soar into the next century of Girl Scouting, we are even more committed to developing girl leaders. Thank you for continuing the Girl Scout journey and renewing your membership today.

Sincerely,

Lidia 

Lidia Soto-Harmon

Chief Executive Officer 

P.S. Show your support for the Girl Scout movement and its mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character by registering as adult member for 2013-2014.


Thank You for a Successful  

Girl Scout Cookie Season

Diane Tipton at Cookie Booth
President Diane Tipton at a Cookie Booth

March 24, 2013 marked the end of the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program, the most comprehensive entrepreneurial and financial literacy program for girls today. And while the official numbers are not in yet, we can safely say our girls sold over 4.3 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in the Greater Washington Region.

Our Girl Scout Cookie Program would not be such a huge success without the incredible volunteer network that supports our girls. Thanks to all of the Parents, Troop Cookie Managers, Troop Leaders, Service Unit Cookie Managers, Booth Coordinators, Association Cookie Managers, and Cookie Cupboard Managers who contribute their valuable time and energy each year, encouraging our Girl Scout entrepreneurs. We know that the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a unique opportunity for girls to learn valuable skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. However, without adult support, it would never happen!

Throughout the month of March, the Council promoted booth sales through an online "Cookie Chat" using our Twitter account. Troops tweeted booth pictures and locations to our Twitter handle @gscnc using #cookiechat and drove customers to their booth, including our very own Council President, Diane Tipton. Take a look at some of the great pictures we received by visiting our Cookie Booth album on our Facebook page.

Girl Scouts Get Financially Fit!

  Financial Fitness Patch

Girl Scouts have shown amazing support for the Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge. As of April 1st 2013, our online survey has shown that more than 6,700 girls have earned GSUSA's Financial Literacy or Cookie Business Badge!  Girls earned these badges in a variety of ways, including going on bank field trips, setting and meeting cookie sale goals, attending the Council-sponsored Financial Literacy Programs, and even interviewing Capital One financial professionals. 

On April 15th, 2013 the Girl Scout Research Institute released a study about girls and money called: Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy. The study highlights girls' confidence, attitudes and experiences in regard to money, as well as the need for age-appropriate money management skills. The Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge is one of the many ways that our Council strives to teach these skills.

Girl Scout Centennial Silver Dollar

Commemorating Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary

Girl Scouts are present when President Obama signs Commemorative Coin Act
Girl Scouts from our Council witness the President sign the coin act
 

 

Girl Scouts from our Council were present when President Barack Obama signed the Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, authorizing the minting of up to 350,000 silver dollar coins to commemorate our 100th anniversary. 

The coin is now available in our Girl Scout shops. A surcharge from the sale of each coin is authorized to be paid to Girl Scouts of the USA to support national program development and delivery. This is the first time the United States Mint has produced a commemorative coin dedicated to a girls' organization.
  
 SHARE: Share Her Annual Real Expense 

 Round-up!

President's Circle Dinner

President's Circle Dinner
Lidia Soto-Harmon, Jan Verhage and Diane Tipton with two Girl Scouts at the President's Circle Dinner
Our annual President's Circle Dinner, to honor Girl Scout friends who have contributed $750 or more to our SHARE (Share Her Annual Real Expenses) campaign was held at the Four Seasons Hotel, March 8, 2013, sponsored by an anonymous corporate donor. This year, our Officers' Award, which is presented to an individual or corporation who has made a significant financial contribution to our Council, was awarded to our very own Jan Verhage, former GSCNC Executive Director for 25 years. Jan is an exceptional woman philanthropist who has a long-history of investing in what she believes in -- Girl Scouts. On average, 145 girls from low-income families attend Girl Scout camps each summer thanks to the Jan Verhage Endowment for Campership.

Thank you to everyone who attended and gave so generously to SHARE. An additional $61,806 was raised at the dinner for SHARE, which will support Girl Scouting in our region.

 

Save up to 35% on Hershey Park Tickets

Exclusive discount for Girl Scout Nation's Capital families

Just imagine enjoying all the fun and excitement at Hershey Park, while realizing that a portion of your special Girl Scout discount ticket price supports the future of Girl Scouting in our region. That's because Hershey Park, a favorite destination for many Girl Scout troops and families, will donate a portion of the ticket price to our SHARE annual giving campaign. To get your Girl Scout discount tickets and support SHARE you must use the exclusive Girl Scout friends and family Hershey Park website and promo code:

Girl Scout Link: http://tinyurl.com/GSCNC2013

Promo code: 41445

The deepest discounts are available if you purchase your tickets before August 1st. Tickets can be used between May 3-September 29, 2013. Thank you for supporting SHARE and enjoy Hershey Park!

Girl Scouts Rock! Again

  

Remember the special edition Girl Scouts Rock the Mall Hard Rock pins to celebrate our 100th anniversary? Well Hard Rock Café DC is introducing four new collectible Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital pins this year. Two dollars from the sale of each pin, retailed at $14.00, will go to support our SHARE annual giving campaign. To order your pins, visit the Hard Rock Cafe DC website.                       

Thank You, Ris!

Girl Scout Smile Pie

Ris restaurant in Washington, DC,
Girl Scout Smile Pie
Girl Scout Smile Pie 
featured a special Girl Scout-themed dessert during the month of March. The Girl Scout Smile Pie, a Key Lime pie with Samoa and Savannah Smiles cookie crust, was served with coconut cream and mango sorbet. One dollar from each  
Girl Scout Smile Pie dessert sold supported our SHARE campaign. Ris purchased the Girl Scout Cookie ingredient from Girl Scout Troop 9631.Thank you, Ris, for supporting Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital!

Highlights from Girl Scout Program Events

Girl Scout Day at the Newseum

Girl Scouts at the Newseum
Girl Scouts at the Newseum
On February 16, 2013, Girl Scouts of all ages explored the history of journalism at the Newseum. It was a fun-filled day. Girls participated in NewsMania, a game show, they learned how women's suffrage activists used their First Amendment rights to bring attention to their cause, and they attended a talk show with media professionals hosted by our Council's CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon. The panelists included: Andrea Stone of USA Today; Angela Greiling Keane, Bloomberg News and National Press Club president; Danielle Ivory, 
Bloomberg News reporter; Debbi Jarvis, Pepco, vice president; Angie Goff, WRC-TV anchor; and Jennifer DePaul, tax reporter for The Bond

Buyer's.  

DC Step Showcase

DC Step Showcase
Mountaineer Steppers, troops 40480, 40726, 40939

Talented Girl Scout troops from

the District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia performed to a crowd of 2,000 families and friends at our DC Step Showcaseat Trinity Washington University on March 2, 2013. Three step teams won first place in their division:  

Girl Scout Troop 5866 for the younger division, Girl Scout Troop 6299 for the older division, and Girl Scout Troops 40480, 40726 and 40939 for the multi-level division. Congratulations to all the Girl Scout troops and leaders that participated.

Keys to Leadership Conference Promotes Inclusion

Keys to Leadership
On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Girl Scouts and leaders attended our Keys to Leadership Conference at American University. Keys to Leadership is an inclusion conference for girls of ALL abilities designed to encourage youth to recognize their own abilities and become active in their schools and communities.   The event included the Dell Connect workshop where girls created public service announcements about cyber bullying.

Girl Scout Day at the Air and Space Museum  

Air and Space MusemAir and Space Musem

Girl Scouts is committed to keeping girls engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). On March 23, 2013, our Council hosted Girl Scout Day at the National Air and Space Museum. Girl Scouts of all ages gathered at the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for a day of exploration and fun. The program provided Girl Scouts with the opportunity to meet women scientists, pilots and engineers, explore careers and participate in hands-on activities and experiments. 

Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination

Celebrating Women in STEM

On March 19, 2013, Girl Scout Troop 2296 participated in the Department of Justice's Nation's Women's History Month

Justice Department Event
Troop 2296 with Michele Leonhart and Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole
Commemorative Program. This year's theme was Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Girl Scout troop presented the colors and Girl Scout Bryonna S. sang a spectacular rendition of the National Anthem.The keynote speaker was Michele Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Leonhart stressed the importance of encouraging young girls to pursue their interests in STEM, regardless of the perceived stereotypes that exist. 
Upcoming: Your Turn to Lead Conference 
Your Voice Matters
Your Turn to Lead logo  
Your Turn to Lead is a leadership conference designed to inspire middle and high school girls to recognize their own abilities and to become active in their schools and in their communities. The conference will include interesting activities, exciting workshops, college preparation activities, financial fitness and influential guest speakers such as Roberta Sims, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Washington Gas; Catherine Hogan, the Public Affairs and Government Relations lobbyist for Verizon; Council member Yvette Alexander and numerous other speakers from UPS, The Washington Post, FedEx, Howard University and more. 

Register online on or before May 31st for a special price of only $10.00. Registration closes on June 7th.

For more information, please email Annette Rollins at arollins@gscnc.org.

Thank You for Supporting Girl Scouts!

  • The Acacia Foundation for Girl Scout leadership development programs
  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for outreach day camps
  • Capital One for the Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge
  • The Grants for Girls Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD for Girl Scout programs for county girls
  • The Philip and Janis Wertheimer Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County for Girl Scout programs for county girls
  • Ecolab for the Science Discovery Program
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and the Alcoa Foundation for the Global Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Program
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and the Coca-Cola Foundation for healthy living programs for teen girls
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and Dell for the Powering the Possible Program
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for STEM Innovation Camps
  • The Hearst Foundation for the Young Leaders Program
  • The HSC Foundation for Girl Scout outreach to girls with disabilities
  • The James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes for outreach day camps
  • The Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation for Girl Scout outreach to girls from low-income families
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation for the Young Leaders Program
  • The Meyer Foundation for the Young Leaders Program
  • Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation for Girl Scout outreach to girls with disabilities
  • Prince Charitable Trusts for Girl Scout programs for teens in the District of Columbia
  • The Purple Promise Foundation for the Sun Safety Day Camp
  • The ShenTel Foundation for Girl Scout leadership development programs
  • TMA Resources, Inc. for Girl Scout leadership development programs
  • US Silica for Girl Scout STEM programs
  • Venable LLP for Girl Scout leadership development programs
  • The US Forest Service for the Connecting Girls to Nature Initiative

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