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January 22, 2015

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2015 Destinations Program 


Did you miss the first round deadline to apply for a 2015 Destinations trip? Don't worry, there is still time to apply with the second round application!

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What:Destinations are trips designed for individual Girl Scouts from across the nation and globe.  Do you dream of riding horseback through the Grand Canyon, theatrical opportunities at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, exploring Bavarian charm in Germany, or volunteering with Pandas in China?  Then check out the 2015 trip opportunities found here

Program grants are available for any Girl Scout with financial need. You can apply for the grant after being accepted into a Destinations trip by completing the Teen Programs Grant Form.

After the first round applicants have been selected for trips, the trips still available in the second round should be posted on the Girl Scouts of the USA website around January 16.
When: Submit applications to Girl Scouts Nation's Capital by Thursday, February 12 at 5pm. Applications must be submitted in hard copy to:
 Girl Scouts Nation's Capital
Attn: Destinations
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite M-2
Washington, DC 20008

For more information on applying, please visit our website

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.

Gift of the Hearts Bake-Around
When: Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Where: McLean, Virginia
What: Learn to bake goodies & treats for Valentine's Day! Hosted by Abby Mackness,Director of Emerging Technologies, MorphoTrust and Jeri Fellerman, SVP & Senior Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo

Register: Send the following information to


Troop #

Senior or Ambassador

Girl and Parent Email Address

Cell Phone Contact  #

Dine-Arounds are added regularly so check the website.

Adult Volunteers Needed for Girl Scouts Day at the Newseum


Who: Adults

What: Click here to register as an adult volunteer for a minimum two hour shift. 

When: February 14, 2015 from 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

Geico - Art of Independence Babysitting Badge

Who: Cadettes

What:The Babysitter badge teaches Girl Scouts Cadettes how to be well-prepared, responsible and effective babysitters. GEICO Art of Independence patch, snack and giveways included.

When: February 14, 2015 from 12:45pm-5:00 pm

Where: Dulles South Multipurpose Center

Fee: $12.00/Girl (Financial Assistance available - please contact Sujan Sedhai at

Register: Online  here. Registration will close on February 9, 2015.

Cadette Breathe Journey Leadership Weekend

Who: Cadettes

What: Girls will work together to earn Journey awards and learn how to improve the air quality 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 implement their Take Action Projects to complete the Journey, and start working on the Silver Award. During the Journey Weekend, an adult training session will be running concurrently with the girl's sessions.    Troops will be allowed to stay overnight in lodges at Camp Potomac Woods by contacting the Program Department. If you choose to stay overnight, you must provide your own camp certified and First Aid certified adults. Please notify Sujan Sedhai at if your troop in interested in camping overnight by March 1. 

When: Overnight from Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00am - Sunday, March 15, 2015, 12:00pm 

Where: Camp Potomac Woods in Leesburg, VA

Fee: $40 per girl, $40 per adult
50% Discount for troops who have at least one adult volunteer to lead a station at the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sujan Sedhai at no later than March 1, 2015.

Register: Online here.

Attend a Girl Scout Leadership Conference - Earn Council/International Hours

Are you a proud Girl Scout in middle or high school? Do you need Council or International hours?

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital is hosting three leadership conferences in 2015 for middle and high school girls. Each conference will consist of interactive workshops and strong keynote sessions that will prepare you to be a stronger, more effective leader in your school, community, and even the world.

Conferences include:

  • Your Turn to Lead - February 21, 2015; 10am-5pm @ Howard University Law School
  • Keys to Leadership - March 21, 2015; 10am-5pm @ American University
  • Encuentro de Chicas Latinas de las Girl Scouts - March 14, 2015; 10am-7pm @ George Mason University

We need YOU to help make these conferences wonderful by serving as a Girl Scout Conference Champion!

The ROLE of a Girl Scout Conference Champion:

  • Register for one of the 2015 GS Leadership Conferences
  • Spread the word about the conferences through all of your networks
    • (Social media, your school, extra-curricular activities, etc.)
  • Make sure at least one friend who is not a Girl Scout registers to attend the conference with you
  • Serve as a conference greeter on the day of the conference you attend (optional) - this role is eligible for Council/International hours

Conference Champions will receive a special patch and the opportunity to be included on the Nation's Capital website.

To register for Your Turn to Lead or Keys to Leadership, visit To register for Encuentro, visit For more information, contact

Girl Scout Maker Day 2015

Registration Open


Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: What is a "maker?" A person who makes something. What do they make? Anything and everything.

Are you a maker? Have you made something that you would like to showcase at Maker Day? Girl Scout Nation's Capital is seeking applications from Girl Scout Makers of all ages who are passionate about hands-on learning to exhibit their projects through a demonstration or presentation. The best participants are mature young girls and their adult mentors who are willing to explain, demonstrate, and share their creations with others. Troops may also apply if they have made something collectively. Come out and support your fellow Girl Scout Makers. There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations to inspire girls to be future makers and innovators. For complete details, visit the Maker webpage.

When: April 25, 2015 from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: National Conference Center
18980 Upper Belmont Place
Leesburg, VA 20176

Fee: Free

Register: Registration and Guidelines can be found here

DC Step Showcase

Who: All Girl Scouts, their friends, and families

When: March 7, 2015 from 10:30am-3:00pm

Where: Trinity Washington University 
125 Michigan Avenue, NE 
Washington, DC

What: The DC Step Showcase is just around the corner! Join us Saturday, March 7 at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. This Nation's Capital signature event brings together Girl Scouts, friends, family members, and the community for an exciting celebration of Girl Scouting and creative performance. Troops of all ages have created their own unique routines and will perform them at this year's show.

Want to support the step teams by cheering them on? This community celebration is free to all, so come out and enjoy a festive day of fun and dance. Just before the show, a free activity fair will be set up with crafts, games, and interactive exhibits from Council program partners. Visit the Council website for more information.

All of the members of your team must be registered members of Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, and routines should be appropriate for a family event. 

Fee: Free

Register: Click here to register your team.

Peace First Prize

The Peace First Prize recognizes young people between the ages of 8-22 for meaningful peacemaking work that creates lasting positive impact in their community, neighborhood, or school. Peace First annually awards five young leaders who have demonstrated compassion, courage, and the power to create collaborative change. Winners will each receive a $25,000 Peace First Fellowship over two years to further their peacemaking work.

Applications and nominations for the Peace First Prize are open from January 5th through March 30th, 2015. Winners will be announced in the fall. Additionally, this year Peace First is aiming to increase the number of nominations and applications in the first month. As an incentive, if you nominate a Girl Scout or a Girl Scout applies by February 6th, you both will be entered into a raffle for a chance to donate $100 to the peacemaking organization of your choice.

Click here to nominate a Girl Scout candidate for the Peace First Prize today!

To view videos of Girl Scouts who previously made it as finalists for the Peace First Prize Award, check out the links below:

Avalon Theisen (Tampa, FL) - Finalist for Conserve It Forward.
Talia Leman (Waukee, IA) - Finalist for RandomKid Project.
Tiffani Alexander (Covington, GA) - Finalist for Butterflies, Beetles, and Bees, Oh My!

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.**

For additional programs occurring around the Council, please visit our Program Events Calendar.

Saturday Young Rider Camp

Who: Cadettes

What: Spend an afternoon learning to ride and care for horses. Girls participate in grooming a horse, performing a barn chore, have a mini riding lesson to learn proper position and control. They also make a craft to learn about color, breeds, etc. Riding helmets are provided by Twin Oaks. Girls learn what it's like to own a horse for a day and learn to be safe around horses while having fun.

When: Saturday, March 14, March 21, April 11, April 18 from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Where: Twin Oaks Riding Academy
22761 Evergreen Mills Road
Leesburg, VA 20175 (near Ashburn VA)

Fee: $45 per girl

Register: Call 703-723-3200 or email Nancy Smith at to check availability and schedule your troop. Visit and go to Horse Camps 2015 page and see Saturday Young Rider Camp info. Leaders can send a check to reserve space for your troop, or parents may pay on line for their girls.

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Career Fair

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors

What: AAVMC is pleased to announce the date for its annual Veterinary Medical Career Fair and Information Sessions event.  This free event is for any high school and undergraduate student with an interest in the veterinary medical profession.  The AAVMC's recruiting event is a unique opportunity for prospective veterinary students to meet with admissions representatives from the veterinary medical colleges from the US and abroad.  Information sessions are held to provide great information about various careers in veterinary medicine as well as helpful information on applying to veterinary school.  

When: Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 2:30 PM-5:00 PM

Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008  

Fee: Free

Register: Online here

Medieval Times E-Ticketing Available Now


The new Girl Scout E-ticketing is here! This is a creative way to offer discounts to Girl Scouts and their families year round and for all shows. Families can simply go in and buy tickets, add upgrades, etc. Currently the discounts are 40% off adults and 25% off kids. There are no additional service charges.  

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

Shop Information 

Online Shop    


MONDAY thru FRIDAY 10:00AM - 4:00PM 




THURSDAY 9:00AM - 8:00PM

SATURDAY 10:00AM - 4:00PM



OPENS JANUARY 20 for the season


THURSDAY 10:00AM - 7:00PM



CLOSED January 19 in observance of MLK Holiday

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



OPENS FEBRUARY 10 for the season

Mobile Shop is closed for the season - NEW 2015 schedule will be available in February!

Maker Activity of the Week

What is a "maker?" A person who makes something. What do they make? Anything and everything. Each week we will feature an activity to get girls making. The activities will have a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) focus to show that making can fit into any subject at any skill level. Visit our webpage for more information on how your troop can participate in our first Maker Day.

This activity focuses on the S in STEAM - Science.

On your mark, get set, make!   

Recycling Paper is a fun way to reuse scrap paper lying around the house or office. Challenge yourself-does paper always have to have four sides? This activity is brought to you by 

We would love to see your troop in action, so please send in pictures of your girls working on the activity. 

Art of Independence Badge of the Week


This month we are highlighting the GEICO Art of Independence with the Cadette Babysitter Badge.  Each week we will highlight one step to earning this badge.  With the Babysitter badge you will learn new games and ideas for playtime with children, but also what toys and games are safe. You will also learn new ways to start your business as a babysitter and market your services.

Step 2: Safety is the number one concern of parent leaving their kids with babysitters, so it is important to learn how to keep kids safe and be a good babysitter. Learn these crucial skills by interviewing five moms, interviewing five experienced babysitters/nannies, or attending an official babysitter training course.  Training courses are offered through the red cross, urban sitter, or safe sitter.  To learn more about first aid try your Cadette first aid badge or choose a babysitter course that also includes first aid.           

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Capital One
Financial Fitness Challenge

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

Financial Fitness Badge of the Week

Cadette- Think Big: Now it's time to think big about your cookie business! When you earn this Cookie Business badge, you'll know how to take your business plan to a whole new level.  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- New Gold Award Workshops

We have updated our Gold Award Workshops to include a new interactive curriculum that will help Girl Scouts develop their project ideas into high quality take action projects! Part one of the workshop is available on our website now in the form of the 

Gold Award Online Tutorial that walks girls through the Gold Award process. The new interactive, in-person, Part two of the Gold Award Workshop will be introduced in January 2015.

If you are a Girl Scout thinking about the Gold Award but do not yet have an issue area or idea in mind, we have resources available for you!  In addition to checking out the 

Gold Award Online Tutorial, read The Gold Standard. For inspiration on project ideas, take a look at the 2014 Award Yearbook.


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