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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A message from the desk of  

Lidia Soto-Harmon 

CEO, GSCNC 

Lidia Soto-Harmon

New Family Registration  

Dear Girl Scout Family,

Girl Scouting is exciting in the summer! Over 10,000 girls will enjoy Girl Scout summer sleep-away and day camps. About

30 Girl Scouts are traveling on Girl Scout destinations to interesting places like Alaska, India, Ireland, Channel Island and San Juan-many of the trips financed with money earned selling Girl Scout Cookies.  
Congressional Aide
Girl Scouts on Capitol Hill

Girl Scout teens are on Capitol Hill

participating in Congressional Aide 
shadowing Congressional offices.
And, many troops are experiencing a right of passage, bridging to the next
Girl Scout level. We know it will not be too long before the new Girl Scout year begins on October 1, 2013.

We have some exciting and much-anticipated news as we approach the 2013/2014 Girl Scout year. On August 12, 2013, we are introducing an improved registration site. You asked for improvements to the registration site, we advocated for changes and Girl Scouts of the USA listened.  We are happy to report that many exciting upgrades are on the way, improving usability and search functions. We are also introducing "Family Registration." So you ask, what does this mean?

Parents will be able to manage their entire family under one account, with just one login. Just imagine how helpful this will be when registering your daughters for summer camp or a Girl Scout event.

Troop Leaders will be able to see their troop's activities for each registered member, including membership status, program and camp participation-regardless of the registration method. In addition, leaders who have multiple troops, and or more than one daughter will have the ability to manage each Girl Scout and each troop under the same account with one login.

Whether you're using the system for the first time or you're a seasoned pro, these system updates will make registration so much easier for troop leaders and parents alike.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to providing a valuable Girl Scout experience for all girls in our region. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more information about our registration improvements.

Sincerely,

Lidia 

Lidia Soto-Harmon

Chief Executive Officer 


On-Time Registration 
Troop Leaders: On-Time Registration deadline for troop leaders is Sunday, September 29, 2013. Make sure all the girls in your troop are registered. After this date they will disappear from your troop hub. Only parents can re-register girls starting September 30.
Awards and Recognitions

In Your Honor

On May 12, 2013, at In Your Honor, our Council recognized
Girl Scouts who earned the Gold Award and the Silver Trefoil Award at Trinity Washington University. We were proud to honor 182 Gold Award Girl Scouts and 102 Silver Trefoil Award Girl Scouts from the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.

The Gold Award is the highest honor earned by a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador who has demonstrated superior leadership, organization and a higher commitment to community service. The Silver Trefoil Award is unique to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. It is awarded to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who have performed a minimum of 100 hours of service.   

In Your Honor
Girl Scouts at In Your Honor
This year's Gold Award projectsdemonstrated how Girl Scouts are making a difference in their community. They are combating bullying in schools, helping younger students excel in reading, science and math; reaching out to the homeless; engaging veterans and teaching children healthy behaviors.

Watch videos with Girl Scouts describing their Gold Award projects and view the Award Yearbook online.

We also congratulate 16 Gold Award Girl Scouts (high school seniors) who were awarded a Gold Award educational scholarship from our Council. 

  

Girl Scouts Receive Girl Scout Medal of Honor  

Rachel 

Girl Scout Junior Rachel H. from Washington, DC, rescued her cousin Aylia from the deep end of a pool last summer. Rachel earned her Brownie and Junior Swimming Badge and is a very strong swimmer. When she noticed her cousin waving her arms and bobbing up and down in the water, Rachel immediately swam over to bring Aylia to the wall of the pool. Aylia's mother says they are all "grateful for Rachel's quick-thinking and presence of mind to get to her cousin and save her life."

 

Samantha

Girl Scout Cadette Samantha S. from Potomac, MD, saved her younger sister's life after a lunchtime sandwich mix-up. Her sister Gianna has a severe allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, so when Samantha realized that she had Gianna's soy nut butter sandwich at lunch, she knew she had to act fast. Samantha hurried to the nurse's office to call her mother. She asked the nurse to contact Gianna's school to warn her sister of the mix-up. The school nurse was able to contact Gianna before lunchtime. Gianna says, "Sammie is always looking out for me and my allergy. She is a good big sister!"

Congratulations to Rachel and Samantha for receiving the Girl Scout Medal of Honor.

Girl Scout Silver Award Project

Restore and Refresh Church's Prayer Garden  

Prayer Garden
Girl Scouts Anna, Laurel, and Maria pose in the prayer garden
     Girl Scouts from Troop 40568 of Winchester, VA, took on a large-scale project to restore Bethel Lutheran Church's prayer garden for their Silver Award project. They began their project while working on the Girl Scout Breathe Journey. Anna G., Laurel G. and Maria H. spent over 800 hours planning, weeding, pruning, planting and mulching the large prayer garden. During the process, they researched plants in the garden and designed a book to guide the church on how to maintain the garden.

The project was inspired by the generosity of Bethel Lutheran Church, which sponsors their weekly troop meetings. They also wanted to improve the air quality and environment surrounding the church.

Girl Scout Troop 557 Makes Sustainable Impact

Thomas Jefferson Middle School Community Garden

Plot Against Hunger Garden
Troop 557 with TJMS Principal Sharon Monde

The Thomas Jefferson Middle School Community Garden is a demonstration and education project, started by Girl Scout Cadette Troop 557 for their Girl Scout Silver Award when the girls were in 6th grade. Three years later, the Girl Scouts are still involved with advancing the garden to the next stage -- the first edible schoolyard in Arlington, VA. A portion of the produce goes to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to support the broader Arlington community through its "Plot Against Hunger" program.

The garden is featured in a recent episode of Arlington Public Schools' Green Scene.

Local Girl Scout Wins GSUSA PSA Contest  

Standing up to bullies

Girl Scouts Speak Out  

Hannah H., Girl Scout Senior from Chantilly, VA, won GSUSA's "Girl Scouts Speak Out!" public service announcement contest. This nationwide competition encourages girls to create videos about important issues. 

Hannah's video, "Cliques," features 15 of her friends portraying the common occurrences of gossip, bullying, and cliques in school. The video encourages girls to be welcoming and kind to each other because, "there is strength in numbers" to stand up to bullies and exclusive cliques.

For more information visit GSUSA's  Speak Out contest website. The next contest theme is Get Up! Get Active! Get Healthy!

Girl Scout Program Highlights

Your Turn to Lead: Your Voice Matters

Your Turn to Lead Group Photo

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital hosted Your Turn to Lead: Your Voice Matters at Howard University School of Law on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Over 70 girls, ages 11 - 17, many new to  

Girl Scouts, participated in interactive workshops designed to promote pride, build self-esteem, and develop critical leadership and advocacy skills. Girls applied what they learned to develop anti-cyber bullying public service messages during the Dell Powering the Possible workshop and used data and resources from DC Action for Children and Advocates for Children and Youth to write letters to their representatives addressing child welfare in their communities.

During the conference, girls also had opportunities to interact with accomplished African-American professional women, who served as role models and mentors. Keynote and panel speakers included Roberta Sims, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Washington Gas, Catherine Hogan, Public Affairs and Government Relations lobbyist for Verizon, and numerous other speakers from Dell, UPS, The Washington Post, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Howard University.  

Encuentro de Chicas Latinas de las Girl Scouts

is Just around the Corner!

 
From August 13-15, 2013, our Council will host the 8th annual Encuentro de Chicas de las Girl Scouts, an intensive leadership development conference for Latina teens, designed to introduce the girls and their families to Girl Scouts. Encuentro is the region's only leadership conference of its size and scope, specifically designed to empower Latina girls in grades 6 through 12. Encuentro will take place at Camp WinEncuentroona in Maryland.

During the conference, girls will take part in an array of traditional and high-adventure camp activities as well as participate in a variety of leadership and life skill-building workshops. This year's theme is "My Leadership Journey." Girls will have the opportunity to choose their own path, It's Your Story-Tell It! (Arts and Communications) or It's Your Planet-Love It! (STEM). Girls will explore educational and career choices, take action by creating anti-cyber bullying PSAs, meet Latina leaders, and recognize and develop their remarkable leadership skills.

A huge thank you to the following foundations and corporations for their generous support of this year's Encuentro: CareFirst, Dell, MetLife, Washington Forrest Foundation and Wells Fargo.

New GEICO/Girl Scout Life Skills Challenge

The GEICO/Girl Scouts Life Skills Challenge for Girl Scouts in grades 2-10, will encourage girls to earn the Life Skills badges, empowering them with knowledge and skills to be safe and responsible citizens, drivers and family members. The Life Skills badges provide girls with opportunities for hands-on learning related to important skills like: car care, road safety, babysitting, how to handle emergencies, getting organized and becoming responsible members of a household.

Girls will be able to participate in the Challenge either by earning a  

Girl Scout Life Skills badge with their troop, or by taking part in one of six GEICO Life Skills workshops that our Council will host. All Challenge participants will receive a GEICO-branded Life Skills Challenge patch.

For more information about this exciting program, please contact Program Specialist Elyse Roland.

Thank you to longtime partner GEICO for supporting the new GEICO/Girl Scouts Life Skills Challenge.

MetLife Supports Expanded Girl Scout Outreach to Latina Girls and Adults

Thanks to a generous $20,000 grant from MetLife, over the next year, our Council will expand our outreach to Latina girls and adults through the Hispanic Leadership Project (HLP). The goal of the HLP is to introduce Girl Scouting to Latina middle school girls through a combination of series pathways that encourage them to explore their leadership potential and make a difference in their communities.

Girl Scout Journey activities will be a key component of HLP programming. In addition, the HLP seeks to build a group of Latina adult volunteers to deliver Journey and other Girl Scout programming during the Hispanic Leadership Project and into the future. We are grateful to MetLife for their support of this important outreach initiative.

Girl Scout Twinning Project

Takes Teen Girl Scouts to China

Over the course of two years, Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Guides, with support from Alcoa Foundation, identified three environmental projects that "twin" 20 Girl Scout councils in the United States with 20 Girl Guide member organizations from 13 countries. The goal, to work together on a Global Green Team project for two years and:

  • Reduce Waste by reducing the number of discarded single use plastic bottles and increasing aluminum recycling.
  • Rain Gardens by planting trees, increasing green space and wildlife habitats and improving water quality.
  • Lower CO2 Footprint through activities, such as replacing energy incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital has been "twinned" with USA GSO China. Twenty Girl Scouts participated in this project and eight Girl Scouts  are traveling to ChinaTwinning Project as part of the educational program. In China, the girls will become familiar with the project that was executed by Girl Guides in China. All will tour the Alcoa Aluminum Factory in Shanghai and network with executives while expanding their knowledge on various global green initiatives. The girls will also visit a BioFarm in Shanghai where they will learn daily farm tasks and work with youth at a day camp. 

We thank Alcoa Foundation in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) for providing this unique opportunity, Global Green Team Partnership,
to girls from our Council. 
 SHARE: Share Her Annual Real Expense 

 Round-up!

President's Circle   

Beginning with the 2013/2014 Girl Scout year, the President's Circle giving level will change to $1,000. For the past three years, the President's Circle level has been $750. However, as the costs to deliver services rise, and the need for financial assistance grows, we hope you will agree that an additional $250, five dollars more a week, is money well spent to make Girl Scouting available for more girls. Consider taking advantage of the monthly gift option for your SHARE donation. 

The President's Circle Dinner has been a long-standing tradition of honoring our most generous individual donors. We are fortunate to have so many philanthropic individuals who give to SHARE at the President's Circle level every year. Thank you for your dedication to Girl Scouts and your commitment to investing in girls.

Join the Juliette Low Legacy Society

Invest in the Second Century of Girl Scouting

Girl Scouts invites you to join the Juliette Low Legacy Society by making an outright donation of $10,000 to the endowment, or designating Girl Scouts Nation's Capital in your will or life insurance policy for $10,000.

By joining the Juliette Low Legacy Society, you are ensuring the future of Girl Scouting in this region. Your gift will help countless girls realize their potential and become tomorrow's leaders. Through your generosity, girls will grow into active and engaged members of society and develop their full potential in their chosen fields.

Help ensure that Girl Scouts is available for years to come through estate planning. Contact Sharon Gleason for more information on making a Planned Gift to our Council and becoming part of our Juliette Low Legacy Society, which is now 138 members strong.

 

Save up to 35% on Hershey Park Tickets

Exclusive discount for Girl Scout Nation's Capital families

There is still time to take advantage of the Hershey Park Girl Scout discount tickets, with a portion going towards 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

Tickets can be used until September 29, 2013. Thank you for supporting SHARE and enjoy Hershey Park!

Upcoming Event
Women of Distinction

A retired Navy captain, a longtime writer of "local lore," and an advocate for children have been named the 2013 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction.

Jean Neely from Shepherdstown, WV is a retired Navy captain, whose entire non-military career centered on public service. Thirty years ago, she helped found the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, where she served as the chapter's first president, and has helped the organization grow to more than 800 members. Neely's service to the community is decades long and she has been an active volunteer with several area organizations. A graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, in 1953, she is vice president of her alumni class. 
Ethel Wayble Bovey from Martinsburg, WV has been active in the community for the past seven decades, volunteering for organizations like the Home Demonstration Club, the Lioness Club and the Soroptimist Club. She has been a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church since 1923, and has served her church in many capacities. In 1981, then-Gov. Jay Rockefeller named Bovey an Outstanding West Virginian. Bovey is probably most well known locally for her writing - she spent several decades working full-time and part-time for The Journal. At the young age of 80, Bovey soon began writing again for the local lore section of The Journal.

Susan Caperton from Berkeley Springs, WV is an attorney who received her JD from the University of Michigan. Caperton began her local legal career with Bowles Rice in 1996. After leaving the law firm to devote her time to her family, she returned to the workforce as executive director of the Morgan County Partnership. Susan has also worked closely as the chair for the Morgan County Backpack program and helped organize "Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future." Caperton is active in her church and she has been a youth soccer coach, board member of the Morgan Arts Council and a PTO officer and library volunteer. 

The women will be recognized at the Girl Scouts annual Women of Distinction luncheon, to be held this fall on Sept. 25, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV. Tickets are $40 each and are available at the Girl Scout office, (304) 596-9930.

Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scout Helen Ely

Helen Ely, a lifelong Girl Scout volunteer and supporter, turns 100 this September. She currently lives in Florida but has continued to support our Council. Mountford Lodge at Camp Coles Trip was named after her mother. Happy Birthday Helen!

CEO Receives Woman of Vision Award

Junior League of Northern Virginia presents award to Lidia Soto-Harmon

On May 2, 2013, the  Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV) honored Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, with the Woman of Vision Award at their Celebration of Service awards dinner. The annual dinner honors women for outstanding service to the community and celebrates the achievements of the JLNV's 2012-2013 League year.

 

CEO Featured in Capitol File Magazine

 

CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon was featured as one of "DC's Most Influential Leaders" in the Power Issue of Capitol File Magazine. Lidia was recognized for her commitment to diversity and the Council's dedication to bringing quality Girl Scout programming-from financial literacy to STEM- to all girls, regardless of background or ability, to the Greater Washington Region.

Thank You for Supporting Girl Scouts!

  • The Alcoa Foundation for the Girl Scouts Forever Green Twinning Project
  • Calvert Investments for the Diane Tipton Girl Scout Resource Center
  • Dell for the Powering the Possible program
  • Exxon Mobil for Girl Scout Day at the Air and Space Museum
  • GEICO for the GEICO/Girl Scout Life Skills Challenge
  • MetLife for the Hispanic Leadership Fund Project
  • The HSC Foundation for outreach to girls with disabilities
  • The James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes for outreach day camps
  • Lockheed Martin for the STEM Leadership Institute
  • The Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation for general operations
  • The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation for outreach to girls with disabilities
  • Pepco for general operations
  • State Farm for Cookie College
  • UPS for Girl Scout camperships
  • Washington Gas for the Washington Gas Energy Efficiency and Environmental Program
  • Wells Fargo for outreach to Latina girls in Northern Virginia
  • The US Forest Service for the expansion of the Connecting Girls to Nature Initiative

 

 

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