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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 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.

2020 is off to an exciting start! We have a NEW Girl Scout cookie called Lemon-Ups, a crispy lemon cookie baked with inspiring messages to lift your spirits. Also, check out a delicious Lemon-Ups cookie inspired dessert created by Pastry Chef Melissa Crockett at Ris, 2275 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037 or make it yourself!


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


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. Registration on eBiz begins on January 14th at 10:00 am for Camp Potomac Woods; January 15th for Camp Winona; January 16th for Camps Coles Trip and May Flather and February 12th for our Day and Evening Camps. You can also go online here for program information.

Parents needing more information about camp can join us for an online webinar, Sunday at 7pm to meet our sleep-away camp directors and hear about all of the exciting program opportunities we have lined up for summer at our four sleep-away camps. We will also go over the basics of sleep-away camp life, cover important dates to remember, and answer a lot of our first-time parents’ most frequently asked questions.
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Girls posing with G.I.R.L. at the Girl Expo.

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.


Girls posing with G.I.R.L. at the Girl Expo.

On Saturday, 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, Path to the Stars for eager girls. Melinda Caroll, renowned Girl Scout songwriter and performer released her new song Speak 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

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

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 here

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!

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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