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October 9, 2014

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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.

Cookie Program Aide


Who: Cadettes

What: Girls will participate in the Program Aide leadership training course, one of the three requirements for earning the Cadette Program Aide Award. This course will specialize in the Cookie Program. Lunch and a Cookie College Patch are provided.

After registering for Cookie Program Aide, you have the option of applying to volunteer at Cookie College on December 6, 2014. Girls who complete the Cookie Program Aide Leadership Training will receive priority consideration in becoming a mentor for Cookie College.  Apply here.

When: Saturday, November 15 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where:  Howard University School of Business
 2600 Sixth Street NW
Washington, DC 20059

Fee: $10

Register: Online here.

Volunteers Needed for  Cookie Program Aide

Who: Adults

What: Volunteers are needed to facilitate classes at this year's Cookie Program Aide Leadership Training.  For more information on the type of content you would be teaching, check out the Program Aide Facilitator's Guide here.

Training will be provided prior to Cookie Program Aide.

When: Saturday, November 15 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Howard University School of Business
2600 Sixth Street NW
Washington, DC 20059

Register: Contact Ashlee Warren.

2015 Destinations Program

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 just released by Girl Scouts of the USA that can be 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.

When: Submit applications to Girl Scouts Nation's Capital by Monday, November 17 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.

Silver Award Online Approval Tool

The updated Silver Award Online Approval Tool is now available on our website to assist Troop Leaders in approving their Girl Scouts' Silver Award Projects and ensuring that the projects meet Girl Scouts of the USA's Silver Award Guidelines.  For more information on how to use the tool, check out the Silver Award Online Approval Tool Questions Guide.

If the project meets Girl Scouts of the USA's Silver Award Guidelines, an approval confirmation will be generated.  Have the Girl Scout print the approval, as she will need to submit the approval with her Silver Award Final Report to a Council Shop in order to purchase the Silver Award Pin.  This will be a requirement beginning March 17, 2015.

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.**  

 

Volunteer for the Capital Area Food Bank

Update! 

If interested in volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank please contact Ms. Lisa Watts at purpleeus@yahoo.com or 202-373-5009.  All volunteers must be at least 14 years old.  

Correction

The company's policy has changed "they no longer accept walk-in volunteers".  Ms. Lisa was notified of this policy change on Friday, September 26, 2014.  A list of participants will need to be submitted prior to working. 


 

The Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards Program

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the award recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans.  Girl Scouts who have recently earned their Bronze Award, Silver Award, Silver Trefoil Award, or Gold Award would be exceptional candidates.

In each state and Washington, DC, the top middle level and high school applicant will be name State Honorees and will receive an unrestricted award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, DC, May 2-5, 2015.  Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion.  Other state-level winners will receive a certificate of excellence.  All state level honorees will be announced in February.

10 State Honorees will be named America's top youth volunteers of the year.  These National Honorees will receive $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for the Council, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

When: Now - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How to apply:  Girl Scouts can apply online at  

http://spirit.prudential.com or  www.nassp.org/sprit. After applying, go to the "Certification" page to email or print out instructions for Girl Scouts Nation's Capital by 5pm on November 4, 2014.  The Council will then review the applications online and select Local Honorees to be nominated for state-level judging.

Please e-mail certification instructions to Ashlee Warren at  awarren@gscnc.org or mail them to:

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital
Attn: Teen Program Specialist
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite M-2
Washington, DC 20008

 

I AM ELEVEN Movie Special Girl Scout 
Global Action Award Opportunity 

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: Award-winning film, I AM ELEVEN, now playing in Alexandria & DC! Insightful, funny & moving, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from all around the world. Perfect for girls & families of ALL ages! 

Special afternoon Girl Scout screenings to meet the director & earn Global Action Award! Email Lisa at lisa@iameleven.com to get more information on dates and times! For more information about I am Eleven, click here. To visit the I am Eleven Facebook page, click here

When: Friday, October 3 - Thursday, October 9; special afternoon Girl Scout screenings with director, Genevieve Bailey, on October 8th and 9th

Where: West End Cinema
2301 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

OR

AMC Hoffman
206 Swamp Fox Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Fee: Girl ($7 - $8), Adult ($7 - $11), Tagalong ($7 - $11). Prices depending on time, location, and group rates. Contact Lisa for more information at  lisa@iameleven.com.

Register: For D.C. location, click  here. For Alexandria location, click here

 

L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Awards Ceremony 
Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.  They are not just areas of study. Believe it or not, L'Oreal would not be able to create the beauty products we all use and love--shampoos, mascara, lipsticks, and lotions--without our talented scientists and engineers, many of them women. L'Oreal is look for young women who are interested in these fields.  So, tell us, why do you love science?

Share why you love science using words, art, photography, or music. Provide a link to where your project lives.  The file must be public so we can access it.  We recommend using YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, or Google Drive for posting files and sharing!  Apply here by Friday, October 10, 2014.

Submissions will be reviewed by National Girls Collaborative Project and L'Oréal, and 20 girls will be invited to attend the L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Awards Ceremony and will meet five amazing female scientists. These scientist will be recognized at the ceremony for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. 

When: Application deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014

Selected applicants will attend the Women in Science Ceremony on November 13, 2014 at 6:30pm at the National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington, DC.

Questions?: Contact kbouldin@ngcproject.org

NCAA Women's Volleyball
Dayton at George Washington 

 

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: A-10 NCAA Women's Volleyball - Dayton at George Washington. GW will offer an autograph session at the conclusion of this match for every Girl Scout in attendance! The match is also GW's Dig Pink Breast Cancer awareness match! Show your support by wearing pink!  

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:00pm

Where:  Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Fee: Adults $6; Youth (ages 2-12) $4; Group rate (10+) $3 each

Register: Contact Anjuwon Spence at (202)994-0428 or email

aspence@gwu.edu

 

National Institute of Health's 
Media Smart Program

Who: Seniors and Ambassadors (ages 15-20)

What: NIH is now accepting applications from young adults, ages 15 to 20, for the MSY Teen Leaders Program. With support from an adult volunteer, teen leaders commit to carrying out the full program for a group of younger peers. In return, they receive leadership experience, community service hours, and recognition from the NIH, plus training and $1,000 for program expenses. 

When: Applications are due Friday, October 24, 2014

For more information, visit the NIH website here

 

Spooky SPY Family Night with the International Spy Museum

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: Ditch your Halloween costume and change your whole identity! Has your brother been spying on you?  Is grandma really a secret agent? Does dad really have lethal ninja skills?  Now's your chance to find out as your family of spies gains exclusive after hours access to the Museum.  Test your family's spy skills as you run top secret missions, go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists, challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, explore all forms of spy tradecraft, and enjoy SPY snacks.  Come in disguise as your favorite spy!

When: Friday, October 24, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Where: International Spy Museum
800 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Fees:  $14 per person

Register: International Spy Museum Website


 Camp United Nations for Girls DC 2014


Who: Cadettes and Seniors

What: Camp United Nations for Girls introduces girls ages 8 - 15 to the work of the United Nations. The program begins with a lesson on the history of the United Nations and its purpose. This is followed by an explanation of the structure, leadership and the rules of procedure of the United Nations starting with the General Assembly and subsidiary organs. Participants learn about the specific work undertaken in the United Nations' boards, commissions, committees, councils and panels and working groups. Prior to convening the General Assembly, each participant will be assigned a country and guided through researching her country then writing a position paper. When the General Assembly convenes delegates will give speeches, negotiate with other delegates, caucus and propose resolutions along with amendments before finally voting. All activities will be guided by a camp counselor in small working groups of delegates. Girl Scouts receive their Girl Scouts 2014 Global Action Award upon completion of the program. 

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

Where: Carnegie Library
801 K Street
Washington, DC

Fee: Girl Scouts receive a 40% discount! Final price for a Girl Scout is $92. The delegate fee covers all program materials. For additional information please email  kimberly@girlsinpolitics.org or call 404-797-8650.

Register: Online at  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-united-nations-for-dc-2014-tickets-10794607963


US FreedomWalk

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What:  U.S. FreedomWalk Festival is a weekend-long social walking challenge bringing participants of all ages and abilities together for exercise, fun, and international friendship. Please visit www.usfreedomwalk.org for more information. A nominal $3 fee each day covers your event registration. Then join us for a fun weekend of walking for exercise and international friendship. Each day features a different walk available. This non-competitive walking sport event is called volksmarching. It's a walk for fitness and fellowship with the chance to learn something about the U.S. and about other walkers from around the world.

When: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Where: Holiday Inn, Key Bridge, Rosslyn 
1900 N Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22209

Fee:  Girl $3, Adult $3
AVA Girl Scout Patch with completion of event. Water and candy at all checkpoints, food and drinks available for purchase along the trails. 

Register: Contact Teresa Sayasithsena for group registration at Teresa.Sayasithsena@cuenterprise.com


Come Explore Nursing & Health

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: This TWO hour event offers active hands-on opportunities.  Join nurses from our region to "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 

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

Frankenstein's Fuzzy Friends Stuffed Animal Sewing Class


 

Who: Cadettes (6th graders only)

What: Learn machine sewing and hand sewing by creating cute Halloween inspired monster creatures!  Use embellishments, bows, buttons, ribbons, yarns etc. to decorate!  Each girl will make at least 3 stuffed animals along with crafting little beds for their new friends...more if time allows!  Please pack a bag dinner.  Open to girls in 4th-6th grade. Space is limited so grab a spot!

When: Friday, October 24 from 5:30pm-8:30pm

Where:  Cupcakes and Lace
14321 Willard Road Suite 500
Chantilly, VA 20151 

Fee: $45 per girl (includes all supplies and snack)

Register: Online at http://cupcakesandlace.com/va-workshops-camps/
     

Ghosts & Goblins Party with Going Batty Patch

Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: Scream with frights as our ghoulish friends lead you on a haunted tour through Lincoln Caverns. Play games, make crafts, and explore the haunted trail, followed by a haunted hayride at night! Included is a presentation about cave formation, cave life, and cave conservation. A tour through Whisper Rocks is provided for all to experience the natural beauty of a cave. On Sunday, girls will learn about the amazing world of bats. Learn about how bats are important to nearly every ecosystem and how we can help them. Each troop will build a bat house to put up in their community. Sleeping accommodations are slumber party style in the visitors center. Halloween treats, Saturday supper, evening snack, and Sunday lunch is included.

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

Where: Lincoln Caverns
7703 William Penn Highway
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Fees: $58.50 per girl, $50.50 per adult

Register:Online at  www.lincolncaverns.com or call 814-643-0268.

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 

  

Astronomy Festival 


Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: Learn about the night sky through multiple hands-on activities including stories around the campfire, a guided constellation tour, moon phase experiments, and more! Completes requirements for Cadette Night Owl and Seniors Sky badges.

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 6-8pm

Where: Riverbend Park
8700 Potomac Hills Street
Great Falls, VA 22066 

Fees: Girl $7.50, Adult $4.00, Tagalong $7.50

Add-on: Riverbend patches available for $3.15/each. Snack bar and gift store available throughout the night.

Register: Email michelle.brannon@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-759-9018


 

Shake, Bake, and Decorate 

 

Who: Cadettes

What: Please join us on November 9th for a fun dance party. Come learn a dance, bake, and take the cupcake of your choice, finish with a personalized decoration or two. Each participant will also leave with a participation patch at the end of the event. If adult is not participating, there is no fee. 

When: Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Anderson Dance Studio 
8452-B Ardwick Ardmore Road
Landover, Maryland 20785

Fee: Girl $20 (includes patch), Adult $10 (if adult is participating), Tagalong $20

Register: Contact Monica Howell at monica.howell@andersondancestudio.us or call 1-800-274-4313 x 104. 

 

Virginia Summit

Who: Cadettes,Seniors, and Ambassadors

What: The Virginia Girls' Summit is the first summit organically created summit designed by girls for girls. The summit will also provide breakout sessions for parents hosted by Amy Fortney Parks who brings over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families as both an educator and psychologist. Check out her site TheWiseFamilies.com.

Special guests: Matthew Schuler (The Voice) and Misty Copeland (American Ballet Theatre).

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00am - 3:00pm

Where: The Johnson Center at George Mason's Fairfax Campus

Fee: $30 per girl includes lunch and teeshirt, $30 per adult includes lunch 

Register: Online at VaGirlsSummit.gmu.edu 

 

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Day at EIA for Energy Action Month

  

 Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

What:  The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is again holding its Girl Scout patch day. This year's event will take place on November 15, 2014, from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 pm. at the U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters' cafeteria. This exciting day gives girls the opportunity to participate in hands-on energy activities and work with EIA professionals.This year, EIA is offering an energy patch and a nuclear science patch. 

Activities targeted for this event may help girls work towards the following Journeys:

Cadettes Breathe Journey- Pages 35, 91-99

Seniors Sow What Journey- Page 78

Ambassadors Justice Journey- Pages 36, 40-41, 47

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9:30am - 1:00pm

Where: U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters (Forrestal Building)
Cafeteria
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585

Fee: Free

Registration: Registration opens October 6, 2014.  Register online at http://www.eia.gov/kids/activities/meritbadge/ . Contact Elizabeth Powell at Elizabeth.Powell@eia.gov or Tom Doggett at  Tom.Doggett@eia.gov for more information. 

 

Singing Saturday

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: Singing Saturday will be at Camp Winona on November 22, 2014 at Cafritz Lodge.  We will sing from 2pm to 4pm. Troops should arrive by 1:45pm. Join the Singalong Service for lots of action songs, rounds and singing games. Dress for the weather, the program will go on rain or shine. Please plan snacks for before or after the event. Bring your singing voices and songbooks, and a voice recorder will let you bring some songs home.

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Camp Winona, Cafritz Lodge in Hughesville, MD

Fee: Free

Register: Online at gscnc.org

Nutcracker Ballet-Experience the Magic with Classical Ballet Theatre

 

 

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: Experience the magic of The Nutcracker!  This holiday classic includes stunning costumes and beautiful choreography, and it highlights some of the best pre-professional, classical ballet talent in our area.

When:  Matinee and Evening Performances, Saturday, November 29

Matinee Performance, Sunday, November 30

Where: Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

Fee: Girl Scouts, their leaders, and other chaperon/family/friends attending with a troop receive a special discount!  Please see the registration information below. 

Register: Please contact Renee Maxwell at (703) 742-9395 for the password to use when reserving seats on-line at http://www.cbtnva.org/nutcracker and to schedule free Girl Scout programming, including a special backstage tour!

 

The Nutcracker by The Fairfax Ballet 

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages

What: The Fairfax Ballet is hosting a Girl Scouts Dance Program Event at their upcoming "Nutcracker" performances during Thanksgiving weekend. During the three performances, Girl Scouts Nation's Capital troops can learn more about the story of The Nutcracker Ballet, receive a "The Fairfax Ballet - The Nutcracker participation Patch," and gain credit towards their Dance Performance Badge. Each Girl Scout will also enjoy light refreshments during intermission, and post performance photos with some of the cast members! 

When: Saturday, November 29 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, November 30 at 2:00pm 

Where: W.T. Woodson High School-Joan bedinger Auditorium 
9525 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031

Fee: Group rate for 10 or more. Center Orchestra $23. Side Orchestra $20. Each Girl Scout will receive the Fairfax Ballet "The Nutcracker" participation patch and year bar. Snack during intermission and a group photo after the performance will be provided. 

Register: To order discounted tickets for 10 or more, or for more information about this program, contact Penny at  events@fairfaxballet.com or call 703-439-9755. You may also find information about "The Nutcracker" at  www.rsbdance.com/the-nutcracker/.

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:

Scholarships@montgomerycollege.edu or call (240) 567-4021

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MARTINSBURG MINI SHOP
MONDAY thru FRIDAY 10:00AM - 4:00PM
SATURDAY 10:00AM - 2:00PM (10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6)
Directions     

WASHINGTON DC MAIN SHOP
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 9:00AM - 5:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00AM - 8:00PM
SATURDAY 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Directions 

GERMANTOWN MINI SHOP
NEW Location
Germantown Girl Scout Office
20201 Century Blvd. Suite 100
Germantown, Maryland 20874
(301) 987-8718

DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION
SEPTEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 12
TUESDAY   3:00 - 7:00PM
WEDNESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM
THURSDAY 10:00AM - 7:00PM
FRIDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM
SATURDAY 10:00AM - 1:00PM (Sept./Oct. ONLY)
Directions 

CENTREVILLE MINI SHOP
Centreville Square II
5952 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, Virginia
(703) 266- 4437

DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION
SEPTEMBER 8 - OCTOBER 31
CLOSED 10/13 - Columbus Day
MONDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM
TUESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM
WEDNESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM
THURSDAY 2:00PM - 7:00PM
SATURDAY 10:00AM - 1:00PM

NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 11
TUESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM
WEDNESDAY 10:00AM - 3:00PM
THURSDAY 2:00PM - 7:00PM
Directions 

MOBILE SHOP 
FRIDAY 10/10: Hollywood 11:00-1:00
SATURDAY 10/11: Frederick 11:00-1:00
FRIDAY 10/24: Leesburg 11:00-1:00
SATURDAY 10/25: Warrenton 11:00-1:00
For a complete list of stop locations, addresses and dates: http://www.gscnc.org/Mobile_Shop.html

   

Maker Fair 2015

What is a "maker?" A person who makes something! What do they make? Anything and everything. Join us this April for our first Maker Fair. To help get your creative juices flowing we have provided an activity/challenge for your troop to try out. Each week we will feature a different activity to help your girls become makers. Visit our webpage for more information on how your troop can participate in our first Maker Fair.

This activity focuses on the E in STEAM - engineering.

On your mark, get set, make!  

Try the Marshmallow Challenge brought to you by TED Talk. The Marshmallow Challenge challenges you to build the tallest free standing structure using spaghetti and a marshmallow. This activity takes team work, problem solving, and basic engineering skills.

We would love to see how your troop did, so please send in pictures of how they completed the Marshmallow Challenge.

 

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 programaa@gscnc.org

For questions, please contact Elyse R. Roland at eroland@gscnc.org or call 202-274-3310.

Financial Fitness Badge of the Week
   

Senior - Buying Power: It might be tomorrow. It might be a year from now. Or it could be 10 years away. Someday, you will want to make a big purchase that you'll end up paying for over time. It could be a cell phone with a monthly service plan; a new car, which comes with loan payments; or even a new home, which includes a monthly mortgage payment. By earning this badge, you'll understand the long-term impact of making a big purchase, and how you need to be prepared to keep paying for it long after you've started to use it. 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!         

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GOLD AWARD TIP- Take Action Projects

Do you know what elements make up a successful Gold Award Take Action Project? The following four are what all Gold Award Panels are looking for when they review your proposals: 

1)     Your project has national and/or global links
2)     Your project is sustainable-it will stay alive in someway even  after you're done.
3)     Your project takes approximately 80 hours (be sure to provide an hours log with your final report!)
4)     Your project addresses the root cause of an issue you care about

What more information about the individual elements?  Check out The Gold Standard!


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