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A newsletter for Girl Scout families.  Winter 2015. 
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From the Desk of the CEO

Dear Girl Scout Family,
It's a new year, which means new opportunities for girls to do something amazing.

Girls in our Council are learning invaluable business skills through the Girl Scout Cookie program--and it's all because of parents and volunteers like you. 

You may have heard the buzz recently surrounding Girl Scouts of the USA's Digital Cookie platform, which allows Girl Scouts to sell direct online with customers paying for shipping. While Girl Scouts Nation's Capital has elected not to participate this year, we are closely observing how the program is working in other councils.

However, we're excited about all the other ways in which our Council utilizes technology so girls have their best cookie sale yet. Girl Scout troops can continue to accept credit card payments through Spark Pay by Capital One, and can market their cookies online through Cookie Club. Customers can also continue to find Cookie Booths through our cookie locator, or the cookie app on their smartphones.

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital is partnering with Girl Scouts of the USA this spring to transition to a more user-friendly website. This will be followed in 2015  by a new online registration system, which will make signing up a girl for Girl Scouts or renewing your membership faster and easier, as well as a new volunteer toolkit to provide troop leaders with information and resources in one convenient place to support the delivery of the Girl Scout program. We are also introducing this spring a new online community called Rallyhood to share information and encourage collaboration with you and other Girl Scouts in our Council.

With exciting new technology and brand new ways to communicate, we're looking forward to a great Girl Scout year. Wishing everyone a successful cookie sale and a wonderful start to 2015.

Sincerely,

 

 


Lidia Soto-Harmon

CEO, Girl Scout Nation's Capital

What's New
Camp Registration and Open House Dates
Make this her best summer ever! Camp brochures were mailed to all members with listings of our sleep-away, day and evening camp programs. More information is available on our website.

This year, Girl Scout camp sessions will run from June 14 to August 14. Registration dates are as follows:

Camp Winona & Camp Coles Trip: January 28

Camp May Flather & Camp Potomac Woods: January 30

Day & Evening Camps: February 11

For first time campers, consider attending a Parent Information Session. Questions? Contact Gustavo Martinez, gmartinez@gscnc.org. 

Participate in Maker Day
The application to participate in the first ever Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Maker Day is now available! 

What is a Maker? A person who enjoys tinkering and making new things. For the first time at our Annual Meeting, held April 25, 2015, our Council will feature projects made by girls. Whether it's a craft, a piece of furniture, a robot, or a computer program, we want girls to make whatever it is they're excited about. 
View complete Maker guidelines here. The deadline to apply to exhibit at Maker Day is February 20. Girls will receive acceptance notifications by March 6. 

Try brand new Maker challenges to hone your STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math plus Art) skills by visiting ourwebsite, and post a picture of the completed challenge to ourFacebook page to let us know how you did. For questions on all things Maker, contact Sara Tyler, styler@gscnc.org
Save the Date: Annual Meeting

Our Council's Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, April 25th at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, VA. Registration to attend the Annual Meeting will open at the beginning of February. Be sure to arrive early to stop by the Association tables, Girl Scout Super Shop, program vendor tables and support teen "money earning" pop-ups!

Register for Forums

Each year at Forums, the Board solicits feedback from our members on different topics.  This year, the Board is seeking input to help our Council achieve two of our corporate goals: supporting volunteers and delivering high quality program in the area of outdoor program experience. The two questions to be discussed at the forums are:

  1. In fall of 2015, all cookout & campout trainings will occur in one 24-hour period, rather than over multiple sessions and we will be dropping the re-certification requirements. What additional barriers prevent adults from incorporating the outdoor experience for our girl members?
  2. What resources and tools do Service Units and Associations need to deliver outdoor programs to troops?
Delegates are strongly encouraged to attend a forum. A list of forum locations and dates can be found on our website.Registration is now open.
For questions regarding the forums or the Annual Meeting please contact Senior Council Operations Specialist, Hadley Hines athhines@gscnc.org or 202.534.3772

President's Circle Dinner
On March 6 at the Sequoia Restaurant in Georgetown, Girl Scouts Nation's Capital will host the President's Circle Dinner to honor those who donated $1,000 or more to our Council. Attendees will meet others with a passion for Girl Scouting and see performances by girls from our Council. This event is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.
Cookie News


Girl Scout Cookie PSA

Cookie season is here! Share this commercial below with friends and family to spread the word. 
 
 

Thank you for supporting Girl Scouts in the Greater Washington Region!

Acacia Foundation supports Girl Scout leadership development programs

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation supports camp programs for at-risk girls in the District of Columbia and Princes George's County in Maryland

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield supports the Grow Strong program

Comcast supports Encuentro de Chicas Latinas de las Girl Scouts: A Leadership Development Program for Latina Teens

The U. Mehrl, Margaret T., and Sharon Hooper Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD supports the Young Leaders Program in Frederick County, MD

The Grants for Girls Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD, supports Girl Scout activities in Frederick County, MD

The Philip and Janis Wertheimer Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD, supports Girl Scout activities in Frederick County, MD

The District 5 Fund at the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region supports financial assistance for Girl Scouting in Prince George's County, MD

Ecolab supports Girl Scout leadership development programs

Ernst & Young supports Journey Leadership Weekends

GEICO supports the GEICO "Art of Independence" Life Skills challenge

George Preston Marshall Foundation supports summer sleep-away camperships

James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes supports Girl Scout outreach programs

 The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation supports Girl Scout outreach to girls from low- to moderate-income families in the District of Columbia

The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, Inc. supports Girl Scout outreach to girls from low- to moderate-income families

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation supports the Young Leaders Program

Nauticon Imaging Systems supports Girl Scout leadership development programs

Philip L. Graham Fund supports capital projects at Camp Potomac Woods in Lucketts, VA

Prince Charitable Trusts supports outreach to girls from low- to moderate-income families in the District of Columbia

The Purple Promise Foundation to End Melanoma supports the Sun Safety Day Camp

Shentel Foundation supports Girl Scouting in the Shenandoah region

William S. Abell Foundation, Inc. supports transportation for our inclusion programming

 

Upcoming Events

January 28 Camp Winona &Camp Coles Trip registration opens

January 30 Camp May Flather & Camp Potomac Woods registration opens

February 7 Camp Parent Info Session at Camp Potomac Woods; 10AM

February 11 Day & evening camp registration opens 

February 16 Girl Scout Offices and Shops closed for President's Day

February 20 Cookie booth sales begin 

February 27-March 1 Girl Scout Cookie Weekend  

Smithsonian Resources for World Thinking Day
Is your troop participating inWorld Thinking Day, held on February 22? Smithsonian is offering free online learning resources for troops, like thisEndangered Languages Story Map. Read more on the Smithsonian newsletter here.
Shop with AmazonSmile

When you shop with AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to our Council.


AmazonSmile has the same products, same prices, and same service as the Amazon you know. Use this link to get started supporting girls in the Greater Washington Region.

Donate Your Car, Truck or RV

Donating a vehicle to Girl Scouts is easy, even if the vehicle is not running. Your vehicle will be picked up at no cost to you and towed away. Proceeds from the auction or sale of scrap materials are all donated to our SHARE Annual Giving Campaign. 
 
This year to date, 5 vehicles have been donated to Girl Scouts Nation's Capital resulting in more than $1,000 in contributions to SHARE. Tell your neighborhoods, friends and family to donate their unwanted car to Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. To learn more click here.

GEICO Sponsors the GEICO "Art of Independence" Life Skills Challenge

GEICO is continuing their long-standing support for Girl Scouting with a sponsorship for the GEICO "Art of Independence" Life Skills Challenge. The GEICO/Girl Scouts Life Skills Challenge will challenge our 47,500 girl members in grades 2-10 to earn the Girl Scout Life Skills badge appropriate for her age level, empowering her with knowledge and skills to be safe and responsible citizens, drivers and family members, now and into the future. Earning one of Girl Scout Life Skills badges provides girls with opportunities for hands-on learning related to important life skills such as car care, road and transportation safety, babysitting, becoming responsible members of a household, how to handle emergencies, getting organized and more. Girls will be able to participate in the Challenge either by earning a Life Skills badge with their troop, or by taking part in one of the GEICO Life Skills workshops that the Council will host. All Challenge participants will receive a GEICO-branded Life Skills Challenge patch.
Gold Award
In 2016, we are excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our highest award, known today as the Gold Award. To keep you connected with all the planned activities, please complete thissurvey and let us know if you or someone you know has earned Girl Scouts' highest award. 
Troop News

Girl Scouts Celebrate Veterans Day

Across our Council in November, Girls Scouts took time to show their appreciation for those who have served our country. Girls attended Honor Flights, marched in parades and delivered handmade cards to veterans. 

Halloween Swap

In October, Girl Scout Troop 6823 of Ashburn, Virginia hosted its Fourth Annual Green Halloween Costume Swap. This swap is held as an eco-friendly, economical way to reuse costumes and reduce landfill waste. Swappers brought in gently used children's costumes in exchange for a ticket, which they used to "purchase" a like-new costume. Proceeds went to Girl Scouts Nation's Capital's SHARE Annual Giving Campaign. 

 
Cookie News
Spark Pay by Capital One is Back
In 2014, we introduced themobile credit card platformallowing girls to take credit card payments during the cookie sale. Once again, the first $1,000 in transactions will be fee free during the booth sale portion of the Cookie Program.
Share Your Cookie Story
We would love to hear what your Girl Scout has learned from participating in the Cookie Program. Please take a minute to complete this short survey.
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