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Information for New Parents

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 parents, 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.

Exciting Program Opportunities: Just for Girl Scouts.

Read about all the awesome programs and events happening this year!

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  HERE

Link to the explore camp page.

Get Ready for Summer Camp

Our Summer Sleep-Away and Day & Evening Camp brochure is mailed to all households. To allow for a smoother registration process, we’re spreading registration out over 2 days for each camp . The first half of the summer will open on Tuesday and the second half will open on Thursday.

Registration will open each day at 10am.

January 11 at 10AM: Camp Potomac Woods Sessions 1-4 (Jun 12-July 8)
January 13 at 10AM: Camp Potomac Woods Sessions 5-8 (Jul 10-Aug 5)
January 18 at 10AM: Camp Winona Sessions 2-5 (June 19-July 15)
January 20 at 10AM: Camp Winona Session 6-9 (July 17-Aug 12)
January 25 at 10AM: Camp May Flather Sessions 2-5 (June 19-July 15)
January 27 at 10AM: Camp May Flather Sessions 6-9 (July 17-Aug 12)
February 15 at 10AM: Virginia Summer Day and Evening Camps
February 17 at 10AM: Maryland Summer Day and Evening Camps

How to Register for Camp

This year, camp registration will be done through a new system, called gsEvents, which is directly linked to our online membership portal called myGS. This means your login for gsEvents is the same as your myGS login. Camp sessions fill up very quickly. We receive many phone calls and emails on the opening days of registration and as gsEvents is a new system, we have very limited “back office” functionality in assisting with camp registration. Please be patient with us – we’re still learning too! Please check your account information at least one week before the opening day using the checklist below for a smoother registration process. For assistance at any point in this process, please contact our Customer Care team or or 202-237-1670.

Visit myGS at to register for camp. 

We want registration days to go smoothly with our new registration system. This year, we’re eliminating emergency contacts, t-shirt sizes, and bus transportation from myGS registration. Bus transportation will be available to add on in the spring and the additional information will be collected in Camp Doc.

Remember, campers must register for the program units based on the grade they are currently in for the 2021-2022 school year.

Annual Report

Check out our 2021 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-- 201 . And we surpassed the number of Girl Scout families utilizing our camp properties, 45,974 --that's getting girls outdoors!

We could not do it without our dedicated volunteers and parents. This past year 945 volunteers were formally recognized for their contributions.

With 70,542 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.

Women's Suffrage Centennial Patch

Women's Suffrage Patch Feature Story Graphic

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.

Volunteer Essentials

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?

  • Meet a minimum of twice a month.
  • Create a safe space where girls and adults work together!
  • Have at least 6 different families volunteer in roles.
  • Earn at least four skill-building badges or at least one leadership Journey or High Award.
  • Participate in an Entrepreneur Program (Fall Product, Cookie Program)
  • Complete at least one community service project
  • Take part in a minimum of one outdoor activity
  • Participate in Girl Scout traditions (Uniform, Promise & Law, Songs,      Ceremonies)
  • Ensure that your meetings are girl-led

Does she need a uniform?

A photo of a green Girl Scout Junior uniform vest

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!

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Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital members have access to EIGHT Camp properties – maps and descriptions of each camp can be found on this website! 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.

What is SHARE?

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

Girl Scout News

Girl Scouts Going Back to School With Confidence

When Girl Scout Junior Alice T. noticed that boys were aggressively participating in activities at a school fair, she started to worry that girls were fading into the background. Now, Alice has a message for girls everywhere to help them have more confidence, step up and become leaders: Girl Scouts Raise Your Hand.

We teamed up with NBC Washington to kick-off the new school year with confidence. Watch the segment here.

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