It's rewarding to play a role in helping girls succeed. Girl Scouts come together to have fun, earn badges, camp and perform service in their community, thanks to the commitment of our adult volunteers, supporters and staff. The Girl Scout family works together to ensure that every girl has opportunities to gain the leadership skills and resources needed to change her life, community, even the world. Not a small task!
A great example of this cooperation is the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girl Scouts are running a business that not only supports the cool projects they select, but also helps to make Girl Scouting in this region strong. Collectively, the money earned from the cookie program maintains our eight Girl Scout camp properties, girl programs and so much more. Because of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts have the opportunity to learn about nature, not from watching a television show, but by going out and being in nature. Whether it’s troop camping, a service unit enampment or girls attending sleep-away camp, our camps are there for all of our Girl Scouts to enjoy, regardless of their family income.
So, I want to thank all the girls who participate in the cookie program, and wish them all a terrific sale. There are many new features this year. Our Girl Scout troops can opt to accept credit card payments. With fewer people carrying cash, we hope this convenience helps your entrepreneurship opportunity grow. And for the first time troops can sell cookies, without touching a box, through our virtual Gift of Caring. Customers can buy cookies and Girl Scouts can donate them to the Capital Area Food Bank. The Virtual Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies will be shipped directly to the food bank!
Because of you, we are making a difference in the Greater Washington region -- and thanks to a little cookie.
Lidia Soto-Harmon CEO, Girl Scouts Nation's Capital
WHAT'S NEW Girl Scouts Go West
Every three years, Girl Scouts gather at the National Council Session and Convention to reinvigorate our Movement, celebrate our accomplishments, and chart our future.
The Nominating Committee selected 33 national delegates to represent our Council at this conference. The delegation includes ten girls (five delegates and five alternates) who will travel with the council to Salt Lake City. We are hosting an informal session to discuss the convention immediately after the Annual Meeting on April 5, for all who are interested.
Planning to attend? Please let us know by completing the survey by April 15. This is not a commitment, but a way for your Council to gauge interest.
It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!
Find a Girl Scout Cookie Booth
Let your friends know your daughter is selling Girl Scout Cookies by posting this image on Facebook.
On January 12, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 862 hosted its Service Unit’s annual Cookie Rally at Wesley United Methodist Church. Over 85 Girl Scouts gathered for an afternoon of crafts, business discussions and cookie sampling. Girl Scout cookie rallies are a fun way for girls to learn more about the product and the business of selling cookies. Is your Service Unit holding a Cookie Rally? Send us pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @gscnc or upload to our Facebook page.
Girl Scouts Earn Badge and Save a Life
Thanks to the quick-thinking actions of four members of Girl Scout Junior Troop 4102, their elementary school classmate was saved from choking. The girls recently completed the First Aid badge program, where they learned various lifesaving techniques. Taylor, Melissa, Gracie and Ruhi received Certificates of Commendation for their quick-thinking actions in their school lunchroom in early January.
Girl Scouts Tour Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Girl Scouts toured the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where they learned the money-making process for paper bills. The girls also had the opportunity to meet Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States. Mrs. Rios is the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Fort Knox and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. The U.S. Mint issued a 100th Anniversary Girl Scout Commemorative Coin. For more information on purchasing the collector's coin visit the online Girl Scout shop.
Teaching Girls Critical Concept of "Engery In, Energy Out"
In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts developed three Healthy Habits booklets for volunteers to use in conjunction with their It’s Your Planet - Love It! journey adult guides. Since the 1980s, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one-third of children in America are overweight or obese. For girls from low-income families the chance of being obese is even higher. Girl Scout leaders can empower their Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to make healthier choices and achieve "energy balance" through awareness of: Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities
Download free electronic copies of the Healthy Habits booklets.
Dove's Free Being Me
Images of girls and women in the media often give girls a misconception of true beauty. Through a partnership with Dove, Girl Scouts of the USA is launching Free Being Me, a global leadership initiative focused on helping girls better understand global definitions of beauty, define beauty for themselves and boost their self-confidence in the process.
Girls feel intense pressure from fashion and media to have an ideal body type, with emphasis on ultra- thinness. This can lead to a negative body image for girls, and is linked to eating disorders, among other unhealthy habits.
Free Being Me will help girls understand from a global perspective that a greater diversity of beauty exists, and give them the opportunity to take action to promote this diversity to girls locally and globally. Importantly, Free Being Me can be used to introduce or enhance girls’ experiences along the It’s Your Story - Tell It! leadership journey series.
The Free Being Me program is available electronically for free at www.free-being-me.com. We encourage you to check it out!
Thank you for Supporting Girl Scouts!
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation supports camp programs for at-risk girls in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s 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 Dimick Foundation supports Girl Scout outreach to girls from low- to moderate-income families
Dell supports Powering the Possible programming for girls at our teen leadership conferences
Dove supports the Free to Be Me self-esteem program
MetLife supports the Hispanic Leadership Fund initiative
Leventhal Kline Management supports STEM day camps
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation supports Healthy Habits programming for local girls
The James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes supports outreach day camps for girls from low-income communities
The Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation, Inc. supports general operations
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation supports the Young Leaders Program
The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, Inc. supports Girl Scout outreach to girls from low- to moderate-income families
The Mars Foundation supports general operations
The George Preston Marshall Foundation supports summer sleep-away camperships
The Meyer Foundation supports the Young Leaders Program
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation supports programs, trainings and resources to ensure Girl Scouting is accessible to girls with disabilities
The Purple Promise Foundation supports the Sun Safety Day Camp
All members are invited to attend one of the most important meetings concerning our Council’s affairs, the Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Landsdown, VA. Delegates selected by their Service Unit will vote on a single slate of new board members, including the National Delegates attending the National Council Session in Salt Lake City, Utah in October.Click here to register for the Annual Meeting.
We strongly encourage all Delegates and Alternates to attend a forum. Each year at Forums, the Board solicits feedback from our members on different topics. This year, the Board is seeking input to help the Council to achieve one of our new corporate goals related to supporting our volunteers: Create communication systems to enable interactive exchange of information and ideas among girls, volunteers, and the Council. Forums will start on February 8, 2014.
Beginning February 12 at 10:00 am, day and evening camp registration opens. For more information on day and evening camps visit our website.
Girl Scout Art Contest We are Family
Enjoy some of the best art work by Girl Scouts from this year’s “We are Family” art contest. Thanks to all our Girl Scouts who participated. The art work will be on display Girl Scout week, March 10-14, at the Pepco Art gallery in Washington, DC. and at Council events.
Keys to Leadership: Adult Training Opportunity
Girl Scouts’ commitment to include girls of all abilities starts with our caring adult volunteers. At our Keys to Leadership conference we are offering an interactive workshop for our adult leaders with activities designed to promote an understanding of inclusion and how to support children with disabilities. Nothing is more rewarding than witnessing a girl make a friend, enjoy a game or experience an accomplishment.
The free training will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at American University from 1-4 p.m. The deadline for registering is February 28. More details will be sent out upon registration.
SHARE News Share Her Annual Real Expense
We thank our Girl Scout troops who have earned the Troop SHARE Patch! The patch is given to all girls in a troop once 2/3 of families have contributed $10 or more per girl to SHARE. SHARE supports local Girl Scouts by providing financial assistance, camperships, programming and leader training. By giving a gift to SHARE, you ensure that no girl is left out of Girl Scouting.
Donate your Car, Boat or RV
Donating a car 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 SHAREcampaign. To date, 27 vehicles have been donated to Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital resulting in over $15,000 in contributions to SHARE. Tell your neighbors, friends and family to donate their unwanted car to Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. To learn more click here.
Betsy Thurston: New Director of Fund Development
Meet Betsy Thurston, newly appointed Director of Fund Development charged with enlisting support from corporations, foundations, individual partners and donors. Betsy has over 25 years of experience managing and leading communications, development and marketing. She was Vice President of Strategic Development at the Council on Competitiveness, responsible for growing membership and development. She has raised millions of dollars for non-profits and held senior level positions at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, and the national headquarters of the American and International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland. Betsy is a Girl Scout and University of Maryland alumna.
Girl Scout Staff Member Runia Brokamp Awarded St. Anne Medal
The St. Anne Medal for adults working with Catholic members of national organizations serving girls was recently presented to Girl Scout Membership Specialist, Association 80, Runia Brokamp by Bishop Paul Loverde of the Arlington Dioceses. Since 1957, the St. Anne Medal honors the outstanding services of adults who contribute to the spiritual development of Catholic young people and further Catholic adult leadership in youth ministry through national youth-serving organizations. Runia serves as our Council’s staff liaison to the Arlington Diocese Catholic Committee. We are proud of Runia’s work to ensure that Girl Scouts have a place in the Catholic community.
CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon Featured in the Shriver Report
Lidia Soto-Harmon’s essay, “Teaching Girls how to Succeed” was featured in the acclaimed Shriver Report: A Women's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. The groundbreaking report has gained media recognition and attracted attention to the needs of women and girls in the USA.
Celebrate our Gold Award Girl Scouts - Follow us on Facebook!
Have you seen our salute to Gold Award Girl Scouts on Facebook? Follow us on Facebook and check out the projects of our Girl Scout Senior and Ambassadors who have earned Girl Scouts' highest honor, and made the world a better place!
Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Book On Sale
Girl Scouts Nation's Capital 50th anniversary book is now on sale at Girl Scout shops for $21.99.