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Gold Award Deadline

The deadline for the class of 2014 to submit their Gold Award Final Reports is September 30, 2014 at 5:00pm. The reports must arrive at the Washington, DC Council office on or before this date.

Please send your reports to:

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital

Attn: Gold Award Panel

4301 Connecticut Ave, NW

Suite M-2

Washington, DC 20008

For more information, please contact Ashlee Warren. New Cadette Award Materials!

To bring in the new Girl Scout year, Girl Scouts Nation's Capital has just released new materials to help Cadette's earn Girl Scout Awards.

Program Aide Award: During the last year, we have worked to develop Program Aide materials that meet the Girl Scouts of the USA requirement of the Council-designed leadership training course. On our website, you can find the Program Aide Facilitator's Guide and Program Aide Girl Scout Toolkitto help you implement the training and get your Cadettes one step closer to earning their Program Aide Award! 

Silver Award: We have also continued developing the Silver Award Online Approval Tool. It has been re-opened and linked to the corresponding Questions Guidethat will fill you in on what to expect from the tool. This tool will help troop leaders approve Silver Award Take Action Projects by ensuring that the project idea meets all of Girl Scouts of the USA's Silver Award Guidelines.

Once approved, the Online Approval Tool will generate the Girl Scout's approval confirmation. She should print this sheet and keep it somewhere safe (maybe in her Cadette Girls Guide to Girl Scouting). As of March 17, 2015, the Cadette will be required to turn in the approval confirmation with her Silver Award Final Report to the Council Shop in order to purchase the Silver Award pin.

New 2015 Product Sales Super Troop Proceeds Incentive   

In Fall Product Sale activities, goal driven success can expand troops' earning potential during Fall as well as in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Troops have the opportunity to earn an additional 2% tiered-proceeds incentive in Fall Product Sale (regardless if they are taking rewards or not)  by achieving an average of $150 per girl selling. And this year, a Super Troop Reward has been added. Troops that reach an average of $175 per girl selling will receive an additional $0.02 per box during the Cookie Program (regardless if they are taking rewards or not). 

Gluten Free 2015 Pilot 


We are excited to announce the latest cookie innovation from Little Brownie Bakers - gluten-free Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies! Toffee-tastics are rich buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor. Girl Scout customers don't need to choose between great taste and gluten-free. Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies make everyone happy!

Each troop is invited to participate in this exciting pilot project and help your girls reach a growing market of customers-those who choose gluten-free products for a variety of reasons. The indulgent flavor of Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies is sure to please loyal Girl Scout Cookie buyers everywhere! Print off this flyer to share with the girls in your troop as they consider this important business decision!

Here is what you need to know:

  • Gluten-free Toffee-tactics will sell for $5.00 per box.
  • Troop proceeds will be the same as for all cookie varieties.
  • The girl order card will not feature Toffee-tastic and therefore it is available for direct/booth sales only.
  • Toffee-tastic is not planned to be available in cupboards and will not be exchangeable.
  • Cookies will be delivered with your initial order and will be listed as Booth cookies in eBudde by council. * Toffee-tastic inventory payment begins with the second ACH payment withdrawal.
  • As a pilot for 2015, the ONE TIME ONLY Troop order for Toffee-tastic must be submitted before September 26, 2014 . Please submit one order only per troop.
  • There is a special Toffee-tastic flyer link at the bottom of this message. Feel free to print it or forward it to girls, families, and volunteers that may not receive eBudde messages.

To register your intention for pilot participation and to place your order, click here


We have been fortunate to have received a very limited supply of cookies for tasting parties. Each of the Council offices will have a case (which translates into 168 cookies) for the evening. The schedule has been set to share as you see fit!

Area A

Waldorf, MD 

Tuesday, September 9

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Area B

Germantown, MD

Tuesday, September 9

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (shop will be open)

Area C

Lorton, VA

Wednesday, September 10

6:00 PM -8:00 PM 

Area D

South Riding, VA

Thursday, September 11

6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Area E

Martinsburg, WV

Tuesday, September 9

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (shop will be open)

Call for Teen Applications for the Board of Directors

Are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with input from members ages 14 and up. Some Board members bring a wealth of Girl Scout knowledge, while others bring special areas of expertise.

The application must be completed by all girls interested in being considered for a position on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. Interested girls must currently be in the ninth, tenth or eleventh grade. All written applications will be reviewed by the Council Nominating Committee and will serve as a basis of selection for formal interviews.

The deadline for applications is December 15.  Applications can be found on our website here.

For more information, please contact Janet Burnette.

Dine-Around Opportunities 

Are you a Senior or Ambassador 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. 

Zoo Hike-Around

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014 | 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Where: Washington, DC

What: A hike to the National Zoo & lunch hosted by Betsy Lewis, Cooley LLP, Stephanie Tsacoumis, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Margie Siegel, MAS Consulting.

To register: send the following information to dinearounds@gscnc.orgName  Troop #  Senior or Ambassador  Girl and Parent Email Address  Cell Phone Contact  #

Dine-Arounds are added regularly so check the website often.

Girl Scout Night with the Peace Corps

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: Meet 9 Peace Corps volunteer bloggers representing 8 countries. Girls will earn the Global Action Award while learning about the Peace Corps, engaging in games, trivia, and viewing artifacts.

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: Peace Corps Headquarters

1111 20th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20526

Fee: Free

Register: Online at

Cadette Breathe Journey

Leadership Weekend

Who: Cadettes

What: Girls will work together to earn Journey awards and learn how to improve the air quality and energy in the world while gaining valuable leadership skills. Some pre- and post-work is required to complete the Journey. Attending adults will participate in concurrent programming on leadership development and supporting girls on a Journey. After participating, girls will be ready to earn their Take Action Projects, complete the Journey, and start working on a Silver Award.

Troops will be allowed to camp at Camp Potomac Woods for the weekend by contacting the Program Department. If you choose to camp, you must provide your own camp certified and First Aid certified adults.

When: Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:00pm - Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12:00pm (overnight)

Where: Camp Potomac Woods in Leesburg, VA

Fee: $40/girl   $40/adult

Register: Online here. Questions? Contact Elyse Roland at 


Volunteer at the Journey Leadership Weekends

Interested in learning more about the Journeys? Want to complete a Journey with your troop so that they can start working towards higher awards? 

Volunteer to teach a station at the Journey Leadership Weekends! 

* Sign your troop up for FREE!
* Your girls will earn an entire Journey.
* You will receive FREE valuable training to provide a quality    Girl Scout Leadership Experience for your troop.

Training for both camps will be via conference call. Dates will be selected based on your availability. Claim the session you want to teach ASAP!

Girl Scout Cadette Breathe Journey Weekend
When: Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:00pm - Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12:00pm (overnight)
Where: Camp Potomac Woods

               Leesburg, VA

Register:  Online here 

Girl Scout Junior Get Moving! Journey Weekend
When: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00am - Sunday, November 2, 2014, 12:00pm (overnight)
Where: Camp Winona
Hughesville, MD   

Register: Online here  

Please contact Elyse R. Roland at or call 202-274-3310 for more information this amazing opportunity.

Make the Connection Making Impressions!

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: Girls learn and practice key people skills including skillful introductions, the art of conversation, and the power of a hand shake. As they practice, they realize that body language and tone affect how they communicate much more than the words they use; it's not what you say but how you say it. The day ends with a fun fashion show where girls identify what NOT to wear, leaving the day ready to make the right impressions. 

When:Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11:30am - 4:30pm

Where: Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia

Fee: $3.00

Register: Online here.  Questions?  Contact Elyse Roland at

For Girl Scout Teens

**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.**  

Harry Potter and the Art of Spying 

Book Launch Event 

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: Be part of the kick-off celebration of their new book, Harry Potter and the Art of Spying. Come as your favorite Harry Potter character, or come as you are! Using his experience as a real spy, former CIA clandestine operations officer Peter Earnest and his co-author discuss Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, disclosing all the wizardly spy craft employed by our Potter friends (and their enemies) as they form a subversive organization and learn spycraft and magic by themselves. Then delve into specific spy topics, using the Potter series as examples, such as types of spies and recruiting, codebreaking, the art of intelligence gathering, practicing deception, and intelligence analysis.

When: Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Where: International Spy Museum

800 F Street NW  Washington, DC 20004

Fee: FREE for girls and adults

Register: None required   

1/2 Day Guided Canoe Eco Tour & Potomac River Campout


Who: Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

What: This 1/2 day guided canoe trip near beautiful and historic Harpers Ferry, WV will study the health of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, the major tributaries on the watershed system for the Chesapeake Bay. Program includes macro-invertebrate study, water testing, and a riverside search for fiver reptilian dwellers. Finish up the day riverside camping on the Potomac River in Brunswick, MD on Saturday night. The health of the Chesapeake Bay is dependent upon the actions of every citizen in the watershed. Join us in our efforts to educate the generations through this enlightening Chesapeake Bay watershed experience.

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Where: River & Trail Outfitters and Brunswick Family Campground  

604 Valley Rd
Knoxville, MD 21758

Fee: $38.75 per person (girl, adult, tagalong)
Add-on: $2.75 per patch

Register: Call 301-834-9950  

Haute Cuisine at the Hylton 


Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors 

What: Fall for the Book celebration of cookbook authors, food writers, chefs, chocolatiers, novelists incorporating food into their fiction, and even the newly minted Prince William Poets Laureate, Robert Scott and Zan Hailey. Featuring: Aubergine Chef Jason Shriner, novelist Laura Florand, cookbook author Amy Riolo, Washington Post food and travel editor Joe Yonan, chocolatier Robert Kingsbury, Chef Dave Lefeve of The Cock and Bowl in Occoquan, novelist Claudia Lefeve, children's book author Belinda Miller, chef Miguel Pires of Zandra's Taqueria and representatives of Heritage Brewing Co.  

Girl Scouts who attend the "Haute Cuisine at the Hylton" Fall for the Book event will complete step 1 of the Girl Scout Junior Simple Meals Badge.

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  

Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center

George Mason University
10960 George Mason Circle  
Manassas, VA 20110

Fee: Free

Beginner Whitewater Rafting Near Harpers Ferry & Potomac River Campout


Who: Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

What: This rafting trip offers Class I-III whitewater, make up of some mellow water, permitting splashing and floating, multiple riffles and ledges, and challenging rapids such as "Bull Falls" and "White Horse." Rafters travel through three states (Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia) on this unforgettable guided whitewater rafting trip. Free Riverside camping on the Potomac River in Brunswick, MD Saturday night.

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where: River & Trail Outfitters and Brunswick Family Campground  

604 Valley Road
Knoxville, MD 21758

Fee: $54.50 per person (girl, adult, tagalong)
Add ons: $2.75 for patch

Register: Call 301-834-9950

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

4th Annual Light the Way 5K Fun Walk/Run

Volunteer Opportunity


Who: Seniors and Ambassadors

What: Light the Way 5k is a family fun event featuring a Kids Fun Run with Screech as well as a finale victory lap on the warning track of Nationals Park. The walk benefits programs and services Columbia Lighthouse provides to people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind in the Washington, D.C. region. Volunteer opportunities include greeting, guiding a walker or runner who is blind, serving along the route, and much more!  

This is a great opportunity to earn Silver Trefoil Award hours by serving your community!

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where: Nationals Park

1500 South Capitol St SE

Washington, DC 20003 

Register: For more information about volunteering at Light the Way 5k, please contact Jocelyn Hunter at or call (202) 454-6422.

Girl Scout Day at Georgetown Women's Soccer

Who: Cadettes

What: All Girl Scouts in uniform in attendance receive a Georgetown Scout Day Patch. Girl Scouts can take the field with the Hoyas for the National Anthem.Meet the Georgetown Soccer Team following the game as the whole team signs autographs!

When: Sunday, September 21, 2014

Where: Georgetown University Field

37th and O Street NW
Washington, DC 20057

Fee: Free

Register: Email  

Girl Bond Night

Who: Cadettes

What: Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Find out at Girl Bond Night at the International Spy Museum. Your spy smarts and street savvy will be put to the test as you enter Spy School and learn the tricks of the trade. Then, your mission begins as you travel to the foreign country of Khandar in Operation Spy. Finally become a code cracker and leave with your own code cracking kit! 

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: International Spy Museum

800 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Fee: Girls $30

Register: Online at

Homegrown Fun and Farm Fresh Adventures at Summers Farm Girl Scout Weekend

Who: Girl Scouts of All Ages

What: A simple visit to Summers Farm will fulfill some badge requirements. Highlighted activities include our corn maze, moonlight maze, giant jumping pillows, farm animals, pumpkin picking, hayrides, slides, pig races, farm fresh baked goods, concessions and much more

When: October 3, 5pm-10:30pm; October 4, 10am-10:30pm; October 5, 10am-7pm

Where:Summers Farm 

5620 Butterfly Lane 

Frederick, Maryland 21702

Fee: Weekend admission $10.95 per person

Weekend group rate (15 people or more) $8.95 per person with two leaders free

For groups of 75 reservation for an additional fee of $65.

Show your Girl Scout spirit by wearing your sash, vest, or pins during Girl Scout Weekend (Oct 3-5) and receive a complimentary participation patch! Participation patches will be available for purchase while supplies last during the remainder of the season for $1 each.

Girl Scout Engineering Saturday

Who: Cadettes and Seniors

What: Girl Scouts Engineering Saturday (GSES) is a program for local Girl Scout troops in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Girl Scout Cadettes and Girl Scout Seniors engage in fun, hands-on activities and earn the Women in Engineering Girl Scout Engineering Saturday participation patch. This program is offered twice each academic year in October and February. 

When: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Where: University of Maryland

Computer Science Industrial Center

College Park, MD 20742

Fee: There is a $10 registration fee for each participant, which covers lunch and the cost of patches.  Please do NOT include this fee with your registration form; we will request the fee after girls have been accepted into the program.   

Register: Submit your registration form, which can be found at as soon as possible to secure your place in the October program.

Capital Area Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity 

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors

What: The Capital Area Food Bank needs your help packing food for this year's holiday  season. There will be a brief orientation and training to discuss how  food is distributed in the Washington, DC area and how to  pack the food.  Please be sure to wear comfortable clothes because we will  be in a warehouse that sometimes is a cool environment; consider bringing a  jacket.  Girl Scouts can receive community service/volunteer hours.  Students must obtain the necessary form from  their school. The Capital Area Food Bank staff will sign the document  upon completion of volunteer work.  

This is a great opportunity to earn Silver Trefoil Award hours by serving your community!

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00am - 12:00pm OR 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: The Capital Area Food Bank

4900 Puerto Rico, NE

Washington, DC 20017

If you are interested in the opportunity or have questions, please call 202-644-9800.

Come Explore Nursing & Health

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: This TWO hour event offers active hands-on opportunities.  Join nurses from our region who partner with area Scout councils to offer "Come Explore Nursing" as a career and learn ways of leading healthier lives.  What can nurses do?  Why do people choose nursing as a career?  In what areas can nurses practice?  How HEALTHY am I?  What can I do to stay healthy?

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Where: Winchester Medical Center

1840 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601 
Girl $3

Adult Two leaders FREE-other adults $3

Tagalong Prefer no tag-a-longs but if must bring $3

Registration covers light and healthy refreshments and age level specific Try-It; Badge; Patch.

Print, complete, and send in form which can be found by clicking here.

Georgetown Football Girl Scout Day

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: All Girl Scouts receive FREE admission when they wear their uniform. All Girl Scouts will receive a Georgetown Scout Patch & are invited to stand on the field for the National Anthem.

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:00pm

Where: Multi-Sport Field

37th and O Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007

Fees: Girl Scouts are FREE if they wear their uniform, Adult $10, Tagalong $5

Daisy's Costume Birthday Party with Madame Tussauds Washington DC


Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: Madame Tussauds is hosting a costume birthday party for Daisy's 154th! Rock your Halloween costume one last time and enjoy the festivities. Party will include a tour and making a wax hand plus a goody bag, cake pops, and other birthday games. Be sure to brush up on your Daisy trivia!

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 11am-2pm

Where: Madame Tussauds Washington, DC

1001 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004 

Fee: $30 per girl, adult, or tagalong

Register: Call 202-942-7310  The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School - Climb and Zip Line

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: Girl Scouts ages 7 and older can zip, swing, and climb their way through 13 unique courses at the Largest Aerial Park in North America! We offer exclusive reduced Girl Scout Troop rates that include three adventure-filled hours of climbing - ample time to explore our Park from the tops of tree! With on-site camping, early morning and night climbing options, your troop can plan a full day, overnight, or weekend of outdoor adventure here at The Adventure Park! We have weekend and weekday availability, so call now to make your reservation!

When: March-December

Where: The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School

16701 Norwood Rd.
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

The Adventure Park's Girl Scout Troop rate begins at $35 with a minimum of 10 climbers. This rate is applicable to Girl Scouts, adults, and tagalongs.

Register: Contact or call 240-389-4386 to schedule your visit today! 

Boo Law Girl Scout Scholarship at Montgomery College


Who: Girl Scouts/Former Girl Scouts attending Montgomery College

What: Dedicated Girl Scout volunteer Boo Law established the Boo Law Girl Scout Scholarship at Montgomery College.   

The scholarship is available to a Girl Scout or former Girl Scout who is a US citizen, has been an active Girl Scout for at least 5 years, demonstrates financial need, in academic good standing, and currently lives in Montgomery County or was a resident of the county during the time she was a Girl Scout.

When: The spring deadline is January 26, 2014

Where: Montgomery College in Rockville, MD

How: Click here for more information.   

For questions,please email: or call (240) 567-4021

Summer Shop Information 

Online Shop    


MONDAY thru FRIDAY 10:00AM - 4:00PM

SATURDAY 10:00AM - 2:00PM (9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6) 


THURSDAY 9:00AM - 8:00PM
SATURDAY 10:00AM - 4:00PM  Directions 


NEW Location

Germantown Girl Scout Office

20201 Century Blvd. Suite 100

Germantown, Maryland 20874

(301) 987-8718



TUESDAYS   3:00 - 7:00PM

WEDNESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM

THURSDAYS 10:00AM - 7:00PM

FRIDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM

SATURDAYS 10:00AM - 1:00PM (Sept./Oct. ONLY)




Centreville Square II

5952 Centreville Crest Lane

Centreville, Virginia

(703) 266- 4437



CLOSED 10/13 - Columbus Day

MONDAYS 10:00AM - 3:00PM

TUESDAYS 10:00AM - 3:00PM

WEDNESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM


SATURDAYS 10:00AM - 1:00PM

TUESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM
WEDNESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM



SATURDAY 9/13: Leesburg 11:00-1:00

FRIDAY 9/19: Frederick 11:00-1:00

SATURDAY 9/20: Bowie 11:00-1:00

FRIDAY 9/26: Prince Frederick 11:00-1:00

SATURDAY 9/27: Lorton 11:00-1:00

For a complete list of stop locations, addresses and dates:

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge

NEW PATCH for 2014-2015 COMING SOON!

The Council's Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge will empower Girl Scouts at all levels to build their money management and business skills through a variety of pathways, including our national badge programs and of course, the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led business in the world. 

Did your girls receive the a FFC patch last year? Each time they earn a Financial Literacy Badge they can receive a new patch. Each year has a different design! 

How can you join the Financial Fitness Challenge? It's easy! 

1. Earn at least one of the Financial Literacy Badges or Cookie Business Badges from the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting at your level, and you will gain the skills and knowledge to take control of your finances. 
2. Let us know which badge you earned between October 2014 and July 2015, and we will send you a FREE patch! Fill out this survey

To win a special rocker for your Service Unit, please submit a story or photo of how your troop completed the Financial Fitness Challenge. Photos can be submitted to  For questions, please contact Elyse R. Roland at or call 202-274-3310.

Financial Fitness Badge of the Week

Cadette Marketing Badge: Girl Scout Cadettes will learn how to sort through promotions, deals, and ads to find the best bargain.  After completing this badge girls will be able to create a strong advertisement and marketing message for their cookie sale.  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- The Top Five Most Common Mistakes Girls Make When Submitting Proposals 
Are you getting ready to submit a Gold Award proposal for review? In the next five teen-Editions, we will be highlighting common mistakes girls can make when submitting proposals and how to avoid them!  

Common mistake #4: Girls use the wrong proposal form. Have you tried using Google to find the Gold Award proposal form? Many different forms will come up, but our council only accepts the form available through our website. Our Gold Award Project Proposal form requires some information specific to our Council's review process, so make sure to provide us with the correct form when you submit your proposal.

Be sure to look for tip #5 in the September 11th teen-Edition!  


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