We believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator,
Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. As a Girl Scout parent, we
understand there’s a lot to learn—but we’re here to support you. We
will guide you through the Girl Scout year with timely topics, tips
and upcoming Girl Scout opportunities to help your daughter have the
best year ever.
Check-out our 2019 Annual Report online. We are so proud of
all that we accomplished together last year. Our highest number of
Girl Scouts in a decade earned the Girl Scout Gold Award--225.
And we surpased the number of Girl Scout families utilizing our camp
properties, 55,314--that's getting girls outdoors!
We could not do it without our dedicated volunteers and parents. Last
year, 352 Girl Scout troop leaders received the Outsanding
Leaders Award and lifetime volunteers Tina Capps and Judith
Lokerson received the highest recognition for a lifetime of service,
the Knox Award.
With 86,171 members, we remain the largest Girl Scout council
in the nation, and the premier leadership organization just for girls.
Read our Annual Report online here.
November 16, nearly 10,000 Girl Scouts converged on the Dulles Expo
Center to celebrate all things Girl Scouts. They were greeted
by a 26-foot climbing wall, in the parking lot, (another inside the
hall) which did not intimidate these Go-getter,
Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders (G.I.R.L.).
Girls eagerly participated in a virtual walk in space, balanced
on the monkey bridge, tried their aim at archery, played a
cybersecurity game, tied knots, made sit-upons and met the Girl
Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s great niece, Margaret Seiler.
Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scouts Nation’s
Capital said, “With over 87,000 members spread-out over the Greater
Washington Region, it was awesome to bring our girls together at
G.I.R.L. Expo and show them the amazing program opportunities and
power of the Girl Scout sisterhood. She eagerly met Girl
Scouts and shared her “Selfie with the CEO” Patch. She said, “Girls
can’t be what they don’t see, so it is important to their leadership
development that they know a CEO.” Many of the sponsors’ top female
executive were also on hand to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers.
CEO of Girl Scouts of
the USA, Sylvia Acevedo shared her remarkable Girl Scout experience,
which inspired her to become a rocket scientist. She signed her book,
to the Stars
for eager girls. Melinda Caroll, renowned Girl Scout songwriter and
performer released her new song
Up, Speak Out
along with dance moves. Girls had a private tasting of a new and
embargoed Girl Scout Cookie (coming January 7) and based on the
repeat visitors we think it will be a hit.
Check out pictures from the day on Facebook.
Women's Suffrage Centennial Patch
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of
the 19th Amendment, establishing women’s right to vote. To
honor this historic occasion Girl Scouts wants to help you explore the
story through exhibits, books and events in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Go here for
our Women Suffrage Patch Program book.
Go here to find ways to celebrate the 100th
Anniversary of the Suffrage Movement.
This publication is a resource for our troop leaders to use when
needed. Simply look up the topic in Volunteer Essentials and
you will find your answer. You can find our online version here.
Are you using
our online Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)?
Troop leaders have access to their entire troop roster. They can
select their year plan and add and delete meetings. In addition to
GSUSA program resources they will find our Council’s Volunteer
Essentials, New Leader Passport and links to support material on our website.
Learn how this fully customizable digital planning tool can save you
time and energy all year long, Learn more here.
What should the troop be doing?
Exciting Program Opportunities: Just for Girl Scouts.
The Insider magazine includes many of the program opportunities
offered to Girl Scouts. A copy of the fall issue is mailed to all
registered members households at the start of the Girl Scout year. If
you have not received your copy you can also read our magazine online
Earned recognitions (BADGES) are an important part of Girl Scouts and
your girl’s progress in what she is learning. New troops and parents
should check out a Troop Starter Kit with all items a girl will need
for the start of a new Girl Scout year! Your Girl Scout leader will
help advise you on what the troop will need.
Do all Girl Scouts sell cookies?
The Girl Scout Cookie Program enhances five skills that girls gain
when they participate. She will also learn the value of a dollar! Your
girl will transform through participation in the Cookie Program
designed to develop five critical skills:
Outdoors is in a Girl Scout's DNA!
Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital members have access to EIGHT Camp
properties – maps and descriptions of each camp can be found on this
Take advantage and get your Girl Scouts outdoors!
Summer Resident Camp
Registration for summer sleep-away
camps will open in mid-January. A summer camp brochure will be
mailed to your home in January.
Summer Day/Twilight Camp
Not ready to spend overnights away from home or parents looking for
something close by can experience the adventure, fun and excitement of
camp through our volunteer led summer Day/Twilight Camps. Registration
will open in February, you will find more information in the camp brochure.
Girl Scout Nation’s Capital family giving campaign provides families
with an opportunity to share their love for Girl Scouting by donating
to benefit those in needs. SHARE aims to support financial assistance
in order to make Girl Scouts accessible and affordable for all girls.
Learn more about how to give to girls, here.