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A newsletter for Girl Scout families. Summer 2014.
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Summer is an exciting time at Girl Scouts Nation's Capital! Girls made their mark all around the globe, from the rainforests of Costa Rica to their own backyards on Capitol Hill. Read this summer's highlights below, and be sure to keep an eye out for the fall issue of CapiTalk, which will be in your inbox in September. 


Summer Recap
Postcards from Camp
More than 10,000 Girl Scouts participated in day, evening and sleepaway camps throughout the summer. Girls had a blast making new friends, building leadership skills and experiencing the great outdoors. Click on the image below to see the full gallery of postcards. 

Girl Scouts on the Hill

Throughout the summer, Girl Scouts participated in a week-long Congressional Aide program, which is unique to our Council. Seventy-two high school students shadowed 39 different Congressional offices in order to gain a behind-the-scenes look at our government. Girls attended Congressional hearings, answered constituent phone calls and conducted research. Want your Girl Scout to participate? Go to our website to find out more. 

A Great Escape

This summer, local Girl Scouts participated in the Venture and Volunteer destinations program in conjunction with Outward Bound Costa Rica. Meghan H., Kyleigh M., and Danielle T. took part in the Service Challenge destination where they worked on a rainforest reserve and helped paint an elementary school in Talamanca. Emily R. participated in Rainforest, River, & Reef which included a 7-day tropical rainforest trek and cultural immersion within Costa Rican families.

"This course surpassed my expectations," Emily said. "It was a life-changing experience."

Great American Campout

On Saturday, June 28, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell spent the day at Camp White Rock in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Great American Backyard Campout program, which connects young people to the outdoors. A Girl Scout alumna, Secretary Jewell ably spent the day tie-dying socks, learning a flash mob dance and making cave drawings. Activities were planned and led by Girl Scout Cadettes from Service Unit 14-4 from Warren County. See more photos from the day here.

President Obama Meets Troop 1097

Girls from Brownie Troop 1097 received the thrill of a lifetime when they met President Obama during a visit to Andrews Air Force base. While he was waiting for his plane, the President shook the girls' hands and asked questions about their troop.

"You girls are doing a great thing, let's take a picture," he said. 

You're Invited...To a Twitter Party
Join Mom It ForwardGirl Scouts Nation's Capital and Together Counts as we chat - on Twitter - about the Girl Scouts Journeys Healthy Habits booklets and how parents and troop leaders can use them to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. The party will be held via Twitter on Wednesday, September 9, from 9-10 p.m. ET (8CT, 7MT, 6PT). Follow us via the #HealthyHabits and #GNO Twitter hashtags to join the conversation and enter for a chance to win in our Twitter Party giveaway. For more health tips, visit the Together Counts blog.


Twitter Party Details
  • What: Healthy Habits Twitter Party (#HealthyHabits, #GNO)
  • When: Tuesday, September 9 from 9-10 p.m. EST (8CT, 7MT & 6PT)
  • Where: Party with us using your favorite Twitter platform. Just make sure to follow the social hashtags!
  • Hashtags: #HealthyHabits #GNO
  • Topic: Girl Scouts of the USA's Healthy Habits program and how parents/troop leaders can incorporate healthy habits into their family's lifestyle
  • Who: 

Twitter Party Giveaway

During the Twitter party, a total of 4 participants will have a chance to win Visa gift cards (ARV: $50). To enter, participants will need to join the party on Tuesday, September 9, from 9-10 p.m. ET (8CT, 7MT, 6PT) where full giveaway requirements and instructions will be explained.

Thank you for supporting Girl Scouts in the Greater Washington Region!

Carefirst for supporting the Grow Strong program


Clark-Winchcole Foundation for supporting girls from low to moderate income families


GSUSA and D-Pass for supporting Destinations program


The HSC Foundation for supporting the Keys to Leadership conference

The Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation for supporting general operations

Pepco for supporting general operations


Shentel Foundation for supporting general operations


State Farm for supporting Cookie College


UPS Foundation for supporting sleep-away camp camperships for 95 girls


Washington Forrest for supporting outreach to Latina girls in Northern Virginia


Washington Gas for supporting the Washington Gas Air Quality Environmental Learning Program

Wells Fargo for supporting Latina outreach in Northern Virginia

Calendar of Events

September 6: Girl Scouts Recruitment Weekend (More information to come)

Labor Day: Office and Girl Scouts Shop are closed
Gold Award Reminders

1. Graduating seniors in the class of 2014 have until September 30, 2014 to turn in their Gold Award Final Report to the Council.  They must mail it to our Washington, DC office or deliver it in person. The report must be received (not postmarked) by 

September 30.


2. Girls who would like their Gold Award Proposals reviewed during the September Gold Award Panel meetings should have their proposals to our Washington, DC office by Tuesday, September 2 at 5pm.


Questions? Contact Ashlee Warren,


Donate your Car, Boat or SUV

Donating a car to Girl Scouts is easy, even if the vehicle is not running. Your vehicle will be picked up at no cost to you and towed away. Proceeds from the auction or sale of scrap materials are all donated to our SHARE campaign. 


To date, 17 vehicles have been donated to Girl Scouts Nation's Capital resulting in over $11,200 in contributions to SHARE. Tell your neighborhoods, friends and family to donate their unwanted car to Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. To learn more click here.


Looking for one last thrill this summer? There's still time to purchase Hersheypark discount tickets, which support the Girl Scouts' SHARE annual giving campaign. Use this exclusive Girl Scouts friends and family Herseypark link and enter promo code 86547. Discount tickets can be used between now and September 28. 

The Challenge is On!

Thanks to renewed funding from Capital One, Girl Scouts in grades K through 12 the opportunity to take part in the Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge! To participate, each girl must earn a Girl Scout financial literacy badge, then complete a short online survey. After completing the survey, each girl receives a free 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. For more information, visit our website

MetLife Supports Expanded Girl Scout Outreach to Latina Girls and Adults

Thanks to a generous grant from MetLife, the Council is expanding our outreach to Latina girls and adults through the Hispanic Leadership Project (HLP). The goal of the HLP is to introduce Girl Scouting to 300 Latina middle school girls through a combination of series pathways and encourage them to explore their leadership potential and make a difference in their communities. 


Girl Scout journey activities are a key component of HLP programming. In addition, the HLP seeks to build a cadre 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.

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