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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Are you or your troop thinking about earning the Gold Award? Do you have questions for a Gold Award Panel member?  If so, you should sign up for a Gold Award Workshop! 


Saturday, May 17   

Camp White Rock, WV  

9:00 - 11:00 am


Sunday, May 18   

Gaithersburg, MD  

5:00 - 7:00 pm



For more information or to register, please click here.  


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Exploring Careers in Wildlife Conservation: Training and Animal Behavior Research at the National Zoo  
Who: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors

Where: National Zoo
Washington, DC

When: Sunday, April 27th from 1-2pm


Smithsonian's National Zoological Park and the Friends of the National Zoo are pleased to announce our upcoming 2014 career program series, Exploring Careers in Wildlife Conservation.  Following the success of our 2013 career events, we will be expanding programming this year to include new and exciting elements for our three sessions.  Our first event is coming up soon, and as someone who attended one of our previous career events we thought you might like to hear about it!  Here are the details:


Exploring Careers in Wildlife Conservation: Training and Animal Behavior Research at the National Zoo is the first in a series of 2014 career programs to be held at Smithsonian's National Zoological Park.  The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 27th from 1-2PM at the amphitheater on the National Zoo's American Trail.  Students in grades six through twelve and their parents or chaperones are invited to sign up for this free program.


At this event, students will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to National Zoo professionals and experts in the field of animal behavior and training.  We will discuss some of the amazing work being done at the Zoo, as well as how animal behavior and training research benefits the conservation of wildlife both here and around the world.  Following the hour-long question and answer session, we will be hosting a series of training demonstrations throughout the Zoo for audience members to attend.   

How: For more information and to register to attend this program, please visit our website. 

**Check out the Dine-Around opportunities listed at the bottom of teen-edition!  


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**In addition to volunteer opportunities, teen-edition
includes many program opportunities offered by outside vendors. The Council has not inspected these programs or vendors, and there are no Council representatives at these events.** 

Exploring STEM Careers with the Thursday Network, Greater Washington Urban League Young Professionals

Who: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors
When: April 26, 2014; 10am-2:30pm
2901 14th ST NW

Washington, DC 20009


What: Thursday Network, the Young Professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League, will be hosting "Exploring STEM Careers" to celebrate the National Urban League Young Professionals' National Day of Service.  We invite you to come attend the workshops to learn more about the fields of robotics and architecture, as well as participate in fun interactive activities.  The robotics workshop will include the opportunity to program a robot mouse and come up with a business plan for the functions of the robotic mouse.  The architecture workshop will include an introduction about the field and then an activity.  The activity includes drawing and configuring the layout of the interior of a home.

How: The cost of this program is free. To register online, please click here.  For more information, please visit the website.     





Earn the New Intellectual Property (IP) Patch!   

Who: Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors


What: Are you interested in STEM, innovation, invention or the careers of the future? Earn the IP (Intellectual Property) Patch!


This patch supplements the Innovation badge series, found in the It's Your Story, Tell It badge set to the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors.  


The badges are Brownie Inventor, Junior Product Designer, Cadette Entrepreneur and Senior Social Innovator.  

With the help of partners like the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the council has created fun, accessible and interesting supplemental activities for girls and leaders about intellectual property. When girls complete the activities in the patch program, which are tied to those in the Innovation badges, they will earn the patch.  The patch will be available for purchase in our shops soon.


How: Click here for more information. 





IP Video Contest from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation

Who: Girl Scouts Teens (ages 13+)
When: Contest Start Date: March 24, 2014 through July 1, 2014


What: Entry in the contest is available online at  Entrants must submit an original video answer one of the questions below related to the importance of the patent system.  The video should convey creatively and concisely why the entrant believes the patent system is important based on the question chosen from the following options:

  • How has a recently patented invention improved the quality of your life?
  • Has anyone in your family or community built a business on a patented invention?  If so, how has it affected you?
  • How has a patented invention created new jobs and new and new industries in your community?
  • How has a patented invention saved or improved the quality of someone's life, enhanced their education, improved their connectivity, etc.?

Winners: Winners in the 13-15 years-old age group will each receive a $5,000 cash prize.  Winners in the 16-18 years-old age group will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, payable in the form of a check to an accredited college (public, private, junior college, or community college) university, or trade school at which the winner is enrolled.  Should the winner not yet enrolled in any school at the time of prize notification, the scholarship will be available for up to two years from the date of the prize notification and if not used after such time, the award will be forfeited.


How: For more information, please visit the website .    





Mozart's Magnificent Voyage at the Kennedy Center


Who: Girl Scouts of All Ages 


When: Friday, May 9 & Saturday May 10, 2014

Where: The Kennedy Center

2700 F St NW,

Washington, DC 20566


What: Mozart's young son Karl longs to leave boarding school and spend more time with his famous father. When he stumbles upon a magic traveling trunk, his wish comes unexpectedly true as he's swept back in time to Mozart's childhood! Age 5+


Fee: Girl Scout Groups larger than 20 girls will receive a rate $12 per girl, for smaller Girl Scout troops please call the number below for pricing (A 5% handling fee will be added to Group orders).  


Girl Scout patches can be purchased for $2.  The patches will be mailed with the tickets for no additional cost for shipping.  The patches will only be available to troops who book through Group Sales.


How: All troops must register through the 202-416-8400 to receive the discounted tickets. Click here to visit the website.





USA Science & Engineering Festival Free Expo       
Who: All Girl Scouts
When: April 26-27, 2014; 9 am-1 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, DC

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.  Our exhibitors, performers, speakers, partners, sponsors and advisors are a who-is-who of science and engineering in the United States: from major academic centers and leading research institutes and government agencies to cutting-edge high tech companies, museums and community organizations.

Girl Scout Teens can volunteer! The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital is looking for Teen Volunteers for our booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2014 Expo.  Interested teens and leaders should use this link to complete the volunteer application. 


How: This event is free of charge. Visit the website here.     




Earn Silver Trefoil Hours with the American Lung Association  


Who: Girl Scout Teens 

When: Saturday June 14th, 2014; event starts at 9am and Volunteer are needed to arrive at 8am 

Where: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

5000 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA 22311


What:  The Fight for Air Climb is a stair climb to support the American Lung Association. Participants will climb the Hilton's 28 floors once or twice to raise awareness and support for the lung disease prevention, education, and research. Girl Scout volunteers are needed to cheer the climbers on throughout the stairwell, hand out water and food and help with other volunteer tasks. Girls below 6th grade will be assigned to cheering sections. Girls 6th grade and up might be assigned to other tasks (handing out water, food, t-shirts, directing climbers, hanging up signs) and/or cheering sections as well. 


How: Register as a volunteer by clicking here, or call Kira Koon at 202-715-1283. For additional information, click here.


Poetry Out Loud

Who: All Girl Scouts
When: Wednesday April 30th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Where:Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University

730 21st St. NW 

Washington, DC 20052


What: The NEA and the Poetry Foundation invite Girl Scouts to attend the 2014 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.  This year the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud will take place on April 29-30, 2014 at Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University's campus.  Fifty-three high school state champions will recite their chosen poems at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on Tuesday, April 29, from 9:00am-8:00pm at Lisner Auditorium. Nine finalists will advance to the National Finals, also held at Lisner Auditorium on Wednesday April 30, from 7:00pm-9:15pm. 



How: Both events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, click here.  


Girl Scout Night with DC United: DC United vs. FC Dallas  


Who: Girl Scouts of All Ages

When: April 26th, 2014 7pm

Where: RFK Stadium

2400 East Capitol ST. SE


What: The Girl Scouts are teaming up with D.C. United, the local men's professional soccer team, in their upcoming 2014 season to bring you discounts, entertainment, field level access, and more!

Attending Girl Scout Night with DC United can fulfill badge requirements from the Athlete Badge Series (Brownie Fair Play, Junior Practice with Purpose, Cadette Good Sportsmanship, Senior Cross-training, and Ambassador Coaching).  Look through the badges with your leaders/girls to find connections to attending the game.


How: Girl $28, Adult $28, and Tagalongs $28  

Please contact Jeff Homens, dedicated Girl Scout rep, at (202) 587-5480 or  


Click here to visit the website.




Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 


Who: All Girl Scouts  

When: Saturday May 17th and Saturday June 7th (noon shows)         

Where:  Arundel Mills Hanover Location

7000 Arundel Mills Circle

Hanover, MD 21076


What: Girl Scout and Boy Scout shows feature a 20-minute education presentation that begins promptly at 12:00pm.  The falcon presentation- care and training of the horses- and meet the medieval times cast after the snow.  Both shows begin at noon.  Admission includes two-hour tournament, four course feast and commemorative patch for all scouts in attendance. Group discounts start at 15 guests.  Scout's honor meets knightly chivalry at Medieval Times. Our thrilling two hour show is a great way to celebrate with your troop!


How: Girl: $30.95  Adult: $30.95  Tagalong $36.96. To register, call 443-755-0011 ext 2819.  


Cool Spaces for Creative Girls   

Girl Scout Teens

Where: Natural History Museum, Washington, DC 

When: On-going & Free  



What: Q?rius is a first-of-its-kind interactive environment that's part lab, part collections vault, part DIY garage, part hangout, and all fun. Curious Scouts can conduct cool investigations using real objects, unleash their creativity, awaken new interests, build inquiry skills for life, and share moments of real discovery. Find out more here.    



Dine-Around Series


Are you working toward your Gold Award? Have you already earned your Gold Award? If so, we'd love to have you join us for one of our Dine-Arounds this season!
What's a Dine-Around? Dine-Arounds are informal dinners, brunches, teas or other events that are hosted by Women's Advisory Board members at their homes or businesses.  They are a unique chance to gain insight from successful women and will prove to be an amazing networking session. Please note there is no cost to attend a Dine-Around.

Dine-Around Opportunities 

Spring Bake-Around: Swing into spring and enjoy and afternoon of cake decorating and baking delicious cookies   

When: Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 1:30-4:00 p.m. 
Where: McLean VA             
Dine-Around hosted by
Abby Mackness (Senior Federal Business Executive, MorphoTrust), Jeri Fellerman (Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, NA).

Dine-Arounds are added regularly, so check our website often.

To register, email with the following information: name, troop number, Senior or Ambassador, girl and parent email, & cell phone contact number. 


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Financial Fitness Challenge Badge of the Week    

High school graduation may seem a long way off, but this is actually the perfect time to start thinking about what kind of further education you want. Why? Because whether you want to go to a university, community college, or vocational school, your education will cost money. If you find out how much money you'll need, you can start planning thoughtfully for the future

Click here if you have earned this badge this year and we will send you a free Financial Fitness Challenge Patch brought to you by Capital One!



GOLD AWARD TIP- Gold Award Online Tutorial 


Are you or your troop thinking about the Gold Award?  Are you a parent who has questions about the Gold Award process?  Check out our *NEW* Gold Award Online Tutorial!  You can also find the tutorial on our website by clicking here.   

Gold Award Online Tutorial 
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