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Rosa's Story

At this special time of year, thank you for recognizing the important impact that Girl Scouting has in a girl’s life.

You are one of the reasons that a girl names Rosa in the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital became a success story.

At age eight, Rosa, who lives below the poverty line with non-English speaking parents, was having trouble in school. She was shy, frequently had conflicts with her peers and was at risk for truancy and joining a gang.

When Rosa heard about Girl Scouts, she wanted to join a troop in our council…but she thought she couldn’t.

Her parents struggles financially and did not have the resources to pay for membership dues, her sash and other essential Girl Scouts materials.

Because of SHARE, our annual giving program, Rosa was able to apply for and receive financial assistance. She became a proud Girl Scout and has stayed in Girl Scouting thanks to supporters like you. 

Now, a Girl Scout Ambassador and a junior in high school, Rosa is an assertive, self-confident leader. She volunteers in her community by mentoring other girls through self-esteem building activities in a Girl Scout troop.  Rosa has also spent several spring breaks as a counselor in training at community-based day camps for low-income girls.

Rosa, a child who was at risk of falling behind, was transformed into a young leader, doing well in school and giving back to her community. She is a force in her own right…thanks in part to you!

As you know all too well, Rosa is not the only girl in this situation.

More than 20,000 of our local Girl Scout members are low-income or live below the poverty line. Your interest in and support of Girl Scouting in the Greater Washington Region makes it possible for these girls to have the opportunity to join a Girl Scout troop, attend sleep-away camp, and participate in science programs like the Air and Space Day and leadership development opportunities like Your Turn to Lead.

Read why guest blogger, Mary Sprague, gives to SHARE

Don’t you agree that all girls should have access to Girl Scouting?

This year, please give a tax deductible, end-of-year gift of  $50, $100, or $221 to help provide financial assistance to support a year of Girl Scouting, camping, and essential Girl Scout materials.

Thank you for considering a special holiday gift to support our girls. Because of you, all girls, regardless of means, will be able to dream big and discover their purpose.

Your gift changes a life and makes our communities stronger.

May you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.


Diane Tipton
President of the Board

P.S. With your help, more girls like Rosa will become leaders! Send in your gift; support a girl today.

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I am thankful for Girl Scouts because Girl Scouts are family. Even though we come from all over the world, and we all have different beliefs and lives, we are always there for each other, no matter what. We share secrets and hang out like best friends and we love each other like sisters. Without all of my sisters, I would not be where I am today because they make me a better person, and inspire me to help others. 

--Cintia Samatia, Girl Scout Senior Troop #5123

When I first came into Girl Scouts, I was as shy as a girl could be. But as I passed through each level, I found that my inner voice seemed to rise higher and higher in my body. And one day, when I was a Girl Scout Junior, I conducted and called out the commands for a flag ceremony, all by myself.

--Kara Coker, Girl Scout Cadette Troop #675

I'm thankful for GIrl Scouts because of all the opportunities [Girl Scouting] provides us with. I have been able to take behind the scenes tours of the FBI, visit the State Department where I heard Hillary Clinton speak, and the American History Museum. It has shown me many different careers that I could possibly go into and has taught me leadership qualities. 

--Erin McFarland, Girl Scout Senior Troop #871

I have a been a Girl Scout for nine years, and I have had some of the best experiences of my life. Girl Scouts is where I first learned to cook over a campfire, and how to make a splint for injured people. I also slept over at the Langley Space Museum in Hampton, VA, and learned cool things about airplanes and spacecraft. Without Girl Scouts, I would not have had these cool experiences. 

--Sarah Gerde, Girl Scout Senior Troop #1194

Girl Scouts has impacted my life in a huge way. In fact, I wouldn't have been the same person as I am today if it hadn't been for Girl Scouts! I started Girl Scouts when I was about 5 years old, and it has taught me good morals, leadership, independence and how to be caring for my community. I have had an amazing time in Girl Scouts and I am forever thankful. 

--Brenna McFarland, Girl Scout Senior Troop #871

Posted: Nov 15, 2012

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